China claims US responsible for military website cyber-attacks

Two military sites hit with 1.7 million attacks last year

China's defence ministry has revealed information about the amount of hacking attacks directed at the country - and has claimed two-thirds of them came from the USA

On the subject of cyber-warfare, it seems the world's two superpowers are equally suspicious of each other. China has revealed two of its military websites were subjected to 144,000 hacking attempts a month last year and blames Americans for 62.9 per cent of those.

Across the Pacific, Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has called China the world's "most sophisticated" hacker of foreign companies in an upcoming book slated for publication.

In the case of China, the People's Republic has commented publically both at a monthly news conference and online, saying the US attacked its military websites in 2012, and asked for some clarification.

"The defence ministry and China military online websites have faced a serious threat from hacking attacks since they were established, and the number of hacks has risen steadily in recent years," said Geng Yansheng, a spokesman for the Chinese defence ministry.

"According to the IP addresses, the websites were, in 2012, hacked on average from overseas 144,000 times a month, of which attacks from the US accounted for 62.9%."

Meanwhile, Mandiant, an American security company, has rattled the cybersabre by identifying a Shanghai-based military unit as responsible for a wide-range of sustained hacking attacks on US companies.

Where excatly these allegations will lead is still a mystery. But according to Bloomberg, the Obama administration is preparing to submit priorities for cybersecurity legislation to Congress.

China isn't exactly shy about enforcing internet security and monitoring broadcasting - having recently banned the BBC World Service - and it's unlikely this latest outburst will ease diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Via: the Guardian