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China Dismisses Accusations of Hacking Pentagon Computers

On 4th September 2007, China refuted a report, which said that Chinese military broke into computers at the Pentagon. China said the allegations had nothing to support them and that Beijing itself stood against cyber crime.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu, in Beijing said that some people were wildly accusing China that its military had attacked the computer network at Pentagon. These were totally baseless and reflected an attitude for a Cold War, she added, according to the state-controlled Xinhua news agency on September 4, 2007.

The Financial Times in Britain reported in its US edition on September 4, 2007 that Chinese hackers had committed unauthorized access to a computer network at Pentagon in June 2007, closing down a system meant for use by the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates. KansasCity.com published this in news on September 4, 2007.

The newspaper reported a message by an anonymous senior US official who said that the origin of the attack indicated the involvement of the People's Liberation Army. Some other anonymous officials said with certainty that the attacks stemmed from the China's military.

The accusation on China for hacking into other government's computers was the second in just two weeks. In the end week of August 2007, Chine rejected German newsweekly Der Spiegel's reports that its military forces had invaded government computer systems of Germany, including the networks at three ministries and in Chancellor Angela Merkel's office.

According to the Pentagon on September 4, 2007, someone broke into its unclassified e-mail system in spring last year so it had to disconnect the service temporarily from the Internet. This, however, caused small administrative disruptions.

A US Defense Department spokesman, Maj. Patrick Ryder said that many countries and groups were actively developing such arbitrary capabilities. KansasCity.com published this on September 4, 2007. Ryder did not point out at China as the origin of the assault or say exactly which PC was hacked.

Irrespective of whether or not there is official approval for cyber attacks, there is increasing focus on China for global anti-hacking initiatives, partly because of its huge number of 140 Million Internet users.

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