Jun 06, 2013

    China victim of US hacking too, says expert

    CHINA'S top Internet-security official says he has "mountains of data" pointing to extensive US hacking aimed at China, but it would be irresponsible to blame Washington for such attacks, and called for greater cooperation to fight hacking.

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

    "They advocated cases that they never let us know about," Mr Huang said in comments on Tuesday which were carried by the government-run China Daily newspaper yesterday.

    "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."

    CNCERT has instead cooperated with the United States, receiving 32 Internet-security cases from the US in the first four months of this year, and handling most promptly, except for a few that lacked sufficient proof, Mr Huang said.

    Designs for more than two dozen major US weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, the Washington Post reported late last month.

    The compromised designs included those for combat aircraft and ships, as well as missile-defence systems vital for Europe, Asia and the Gulf, the newspaper said, citing a report prepared for the US Defense Department by the Defense Science Board.

    Mr Huang did not deny the report, but suggested that if the US government wants to keep weapons programmes secure, it should not allow them to be accessed online.

    "Even following the general principle of secret-keeping, it should not have been linked to the Internet," Mr Huang said.

    Cyberattacks from the US have been as serious as the accusations from Washington, Mr Huang said.

    CNCERT, which issues a weekly report on cyberattacks against China, said that 4,062 US-based computer servers hijacked 2.91 million mainframe computers in China.