China ‘Steps Up U.S. Cyber-Spying’

A report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission states that the U.S. has been the target of Chinese cyber espionage, which China denies. From BBC News:

Col Gary McAlum, a senior military officer, told the commission the US defence department had detected 54,640 malicious cyber incidents to its systems in 2008, a 20% rise from a year earlier.

This figure was expected to jump 60% this year, he said.

Not all these attacks are from China, but China was the largest culprit, the report said.

“A large body of both circumstantial and forensic evidence strongly indicates Chinese state involvement in such activities,” the commission said in its 367-page report to Congress.

In addition to the topic of cyber espionage, the report also covers a range of subjects, such as China’s media and information controls. The report to U.S. Congress can be read online.

Yesterday, a website editor for China’s Ministry of Defense website said that the website had received 2.3 million cyber attacks in one month, though none of them were successful.

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