The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and some other newspapers have published articles indicating that cyber attacks targeting Google and several other U.S. companies were from China. Such allegations are arbitrary and biased.
These articles take as evidence that hackers’ IP addresses could be traced back to two schools in China. However, it is common sense that hackers can attack by hijacking computers from anywhere in the world. This fact also explains why hackers are hard to be tracked down.
Computers in China are easy to be hijacked by hackers as internet security technology and services are still underdeveloped in China. The majority of Chinese internet users also lack security awareness and adequate protection measures.
The hackers’ IP addresses could by no means vindicate the newspapers’ allegations that the attacks were carried out by Chinese citizens or from within China.
Also from Xinhua: China denies government links to cyber attacks on Google.
China on Tuesday denied government links to cyber attacks against the search giant Google, saying such accusations were “irresponsible and calculating.”
“China resolutely opposes the groundless accusations from Google,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said, referring to Google’s statement last month that it might pull out of the Chinese market, citing it services had been hacked by sources originating in China.
Chinese laws prohibit cyber attacks and China’s government does not tolerate cyber crime, and China welcomes international Internet companies to conduct businesses in China in line with the law, Qin told a regular new briefing
“These firms have unblocked access to relevant Chinese government departments in terms of communication,” said Qin, who stressed China’s unchanged stance in promoting the development of the Internet.
“Foreign Internet enterprises, like foreign businesses of any other kind operating in China, shall abide by Chinese laws and respect its culture, “Qin said.
And another Xinhua article: Chinese vocational school bored of NYT Google hacking reports
In the latest report, the New York Times insisted that Lanxiang had ties with the Chinese military as it was founded on land donated by the army and had sent graduates to join the army.
“We had indeed used abandoned barracks for teaching venues when our school was founded in 1984, but the barracks were not a ‘donation’ because we must pay rent regularly for it,” Li said.
“We have already moved out of the old barracks and built our own new teaching buildings,” he said.
Currently, Lanxiang has more than 20,000 students learning vocational skills such as cooking, auto repair and hairdressing.
“Like any other country, our school graduates can join the army if they so wish. But you cannot say a school has a military background just because some of its graduates are servicemen,” Li said.”