China Telecom rejects US-based allegations of cyber hijacking

09:06, November 19, 2010      

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China Telecom Thursday rejected all US claims that its servers "hijacked" Internet traffic this year, in a statement to AFP.

On Wednesday, the US Congress heard that the firm rerouted 15 percent of all Internet traffic, including e-mails to and from the websites of the US Senate, the Department of Defense, and national space agency NASA for 18 minutes on April 8.

Allegedly, the rerouting originated from an Internet provider, IDC China Telecommunication, before being propagated by China Telecom, said the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission report.

Commissioner Larry Wortzel said Wednesday that the culprit could "get the Internet addresses of everybody communicating," including the e-mails of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and could plant a virus.

Leading Web security firm McAfee has warned of a rise in cyberattacks with political objectives, pointing to China as one of the leading players in assaults on foreign networks.

Former US intelligence chief Michael McConnell told lawmakers in February that the United States would lose a cyberwar today. "We're the most vulnerable, we're the most connected, we have the most to lose," he said, adding the US was failing to mitigate this risk.

The commission on Wednesday recommended that Congress call for a formal investigation into the "volume and seriousness of exploitations and attacks."

Source: Global Times


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