Alert to China’s cyber attacks

06/10/2014


In recent years, China has been accused of launching cyber attacks to foreign companies, firms and even government agencies. Taiwan has become the latest to accuse China of launching cyberattacks, following complaints from Canada and the United States. Agence France-Presse (via Defense News) reports that Simon Chang, Taiwan’s science and technology minister, told an interviewer that “Chinese cyberwar units have been engaging with Taiwan units almost every day, with some severe attacks every few months.”
U.S. FBI chief James Comey says China is at the top of the list of countries waging cyber warfare against American industry, with damages measured in the billions of dollars per year. Comey told CBS television's 60 Minutes Sunday that China’s efforts are extremely aggressive and widespread in stealing secrets benefitting its own business and industry.
The U.S. indicted five Chinese military experts for cybertheft in May it accuses of stealing business secrets from American companies. Obama administration officials say the criminal indictments - the first of their kind against foreign government officials - are meant to send a message that the U.S. wants China to stop stealing cyber secrets.
As tensions flare in the East Sea, a leading Vietnamese Internet security company reported Monday that 220 local websites were apparently attacked by Chinese hackers.
Six of the victims bore government domains (.gov) and were hacked between May 5 and 11, Ngo Tuan Anh, vice chairman in charge of Internet security at the Hanoi-based BKAV, said. Vietnamese government and education websites were among the nearly 750 victims of a series of Chinese cyber-attacks launched in late August. A post that went up Friday on SecurityDaily --a forum on the Vietnam Information Security Association's security.net-- said the attacks began on August 28 when hackers took control and changed the interfaces of 289 websites. Another 84 websites were hacked on September 2 and a further 373 on September 4, most of which belonged to businesses. The list of victims, which included eight government and 40 school websites, was posted on the hackers’ site: 1937cn.net.
Attackers also left a signature that reads “By: China Hacked,” messages implying that they are from China, and images related to Vietnam’s sovereignty over the East Vietnam Sea, which China is violating, at the bottom of the sites.
This has caused people to link these attacks to the standoff in the sea, where China is illegally operating drilling rig Haiyang 981 within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
It is noted that Chinese hackers invading into other countries' government websites were not uncommon, especially if those countries were in some kind of dispute with China. For example, in 2010 August, the Chinese flag appeared on the Philippine's government website asking for an apology after Chinese tourist hostages were killed in Manila. In October of the same year, the government website of Japan's Shimane Prefecture was also hacked, with Chinese characters insulting Japan.
The nature of cyberwarfare in the People's Republic of China is difficult to assess. Government officials in India and the United States have traced various attacks on corporate and infrastructure computer systems in their countries to computers in the People's Republic of China. However, "It is nearly impossible to know whether or not an attack is government-sponsored because of the difficulty in tracking true identities in cyberspace.". China has steadfastly denied being behind any hacking activities. In rejecting what it calls “baseless” and “groundless accusations,” China points to the fact that it is a major victim of cyberattacks and has accused the United States of engaging in cyberwarfare against it, which the US government denies.
In the worst scenario, when Chinese hackers run a large-scale attack on Vietnam’s websites, the country’s Internet system may fail to withstand if there are no effective defensive solutions, Nguyen Hong Phuc, an Internet security expert, warned.
“China has more people working in Internet security than Vietnam,” admitted Vo Do Thang, director of Athena Internet security center. “If they deliberately carry out cyber attacks against us, the damage will be huge.”
So, we should be aware of any Chinese technology and software for our safety and privacy on the Internet./.
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All comments [ 10 ]


Lê Tín 6/10/14 21:33

Yeah, everything's from China need to be double-checked before using.

Quốc Cường 6/10/14 21:36

The information targeted could potentially be used to benefit China's defense industry, high-technology industries, policymakers' interest in leadership on foreign issues, and related military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.

Hùng Quân 6/10/14 21:40

Apparently, these China's cyber attacks to Vietnamese websites are linked to the standoff in the sea, where China is illegally and aggressively enhancing their territorial claims.

Vân Nhàn 6/10/14 21:42

Even best if we say no to Chinese goods, especially technological products.

Huy Lâm 6/10/14 21:46

It said cyber warfare could support China's military operations in three areas: collecting intelligence data, constraining or slowing down an adversary's actions, and acting as a "force multiplier when coupled with kinetic attacks.

Hoàng Lân 6/10/14 21:49

In rejecting what it calls “baseless” and “groundless accusations,” China points to the fact that it is a major victim of cyberattacks, so hilarious!

Huy Quốc 6/10/14 21:52

China has long denied US hacking allegations, but its response to the current indictments has been unusually strong.

Phạm Hiếu 6/10/14 21:55

China has accused the U.S. of hypocrisy after a US court pressed cyber warfare charges

Quân Hoàng 6/10/14 22:01

Government should have measure to control and prevent escalating imports of Chinese technological products.

Quốc Kiên 6/10/14 22:03

It is nearly impossible to know whether or not an attack is government-sponsored because of the difficulty in tracking true identities in cyberspace.

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