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China Dismisses Charges of Hacking Activities

On December 4, 2007, China denied the charges made by British media about China's so-called Internet spies and called them as irresponsible rumors. Qin Gang, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, told a press conference that the government of China has always opposed the Internet crimes which include hacking which is known to be the most flourishing international problem, as per the news by CHINAdaily on Decemebr 5, 2007.

The report on Decemebr 1, 2007 informs that the Director General of M15 had sent letters to almost 300 executives, security chiefs and legal and accounting firms at bank alerting them that the agencies of China were attempting to hack in their system and are trying to steal their private data.

By referring to the reports, Gang expressed strong dissatisfaction and calls it an irresponsible act. He further added that China's law has always stood to fight for the security of Internet and even the country's network are attacked by hackers.

Consequently, China lodged a formal protest which claims that the report was totally biased and unauthentic and explicitly negates the social, political and economic growth of the country. It also says that the report was specifically intended to harm the improved ties between Britain and China.

Gang also informed that presently, China and Britain are working on combating cyber attacks and China is hoping that the work conducted is purely on the basis of facts and mutual respect.

The Times claimed that the letter from Jonathan Evans (head of M15) had taught the recipients how to recognize Chinese "Trojans"- mails containing software made to hack into a computer network and steal private data. People who had seen the letter informed The Times that the security forces predicted that companies doing business with China are under major threats.

Computer experts have also charged hackers linked with Chinese military of conducting cyber attacks on the Pentagon, the German Chancellery and the British Parliament.

The Secretary-General of the Taiwan-based Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies, Andrew Yang, informed the Times that information warfare (in China) is mostly carried out by the private sector so it is hard to detect who is the real culprit.

Experts also claim that China is an origin of millions of insecure systems through which hackers puts on disguises and launches attacks.

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