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Chinese Have ‘Mountains of Evidence’ of U.S. Hacks in China

U.S. Air Force cyber airman from the @4th Ari Force in April 2013. US Air Force Photo

U.S. Air Force cyber airman from the @4th Ari Force in April 2013. US Air Force Photo

The head of China’s Internet security said it had extensive evidence pointing to U.S. hacking targeted toward China, according to a Wednesday report in the state controlled China Daily.

“We have mountains of data, if we wanted to accuse the U.S., but it’s not helpful in solving the problem,” said Huang Chengqing, director of the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China, known as CNCERT.

The report claimed U.S. based servers hijacked more than 2.91 million mainframes in China in addition to a slew of other implied U.S. hacking activity.

“However, it’s hard to judge whether the US government supported or got involved in the hacking. Besides, hackers can easily hide their real location and identities,” Huang said.
“So technically it is irresponsible and unfounded for some people to talk about alleged hacking supported by the Chinese authorities.”

Huang also chided U.S. companies and the Pentagon over reports last week that the U.S. lost more than a dozen designs for weapon systems to cyber espionage.

“Even following the general principle of secret-keeping, [access to those designs] should not have been linked to the Internet,” he said.

Huang went on to say that it would be beneficial for the U.S. to solve their Internet security problems rather than blame other countries.

“Some cases can be addressed if they had talked to us, why not let us know? It is not a constructive train of thought to solve problems.”

Cyber security and espionage will be a major topic of conversation when U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in California on Thursday and Friday.

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