Good faith urged for global cooperation on cyber security

16:15, March 01, 2010      

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In view of unbridled speculation in some Western media with regard to the pretext of "Google case", China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman said on Feb. 25 that "linking Internet hacking activities to the Chinese government and military is totally unfounded and utterly irresponsible."

Such uproar has a long history in some Western nations, and it has in fact never ceased since around the turn of this century; its content is nothing less than the so-called "intrusion or infiltration of internet hackers or web intruders from China" into websites of U.S. government departments or major corporate websites to "steal political, military and business information" and the ability of the Chinese "cyber unit" to assault the U.S. and paralyze its information infrastructure when the two nations are in conflict.

The United States released its 2009 National Intelligence Strategy report, in which China was cited as a potential web adversary. These absurdities were apparently designed to discredit China and demonize the nation in another "refurbished" way, and this also poses a variant of "China threat theory".

As is known to all, The United States is the world's most developed nation in information technology with a global monopoly status in the development of both software and hardware. The Internet has originated in the U.S., and 10 of the Global Internet's 13 root servers are now located in the country, which has first set forth the "cyber warfare" and "information deterrence" concepts and is to upgrade the "cyber warfare" as a crucial component part of its military and security strategy.

The "first-generation of cyber war servicemen" of U.S. military was established in the U.S. Defense Academy back in 1995; the United States secretly formed the world's first hackers' unit in 2002 and, in 2009, the cyber unit became its new armed service, so that the U.S. became the first nation to openly introduce the use of internet into its war machine.

China has made rapid progress in the information technology over the last decade or so, but it still has a wide gap with the United States in term of technology research and development, the industrial scale and the overall strength for application. Concerning the ever-increasing proliferation of cases, the nation has been first victimized by cyber-attacks, and the U.S., nevertheless, has also been found itself plagued with hackers and is also the nation with the biggest number of hackers.

In 2009, China had 262, 000 host computer or mainframe IP numbers under Trojan horse program control; close to 165,000 host addresses outside China's borders were involved in the control, and those from the United States were ranked first, noted an investigation report released in January 2010 by China's International Emergency Response Center. Moreover, the host IP numbers under the Zombie process control amounted to 837,000, or 13 percent of the global total and, there were also 19,000 IP overseas host addresses involved in the control, with those deriving from the U.S. also ranked in the first place.

There is a couple of reasons for some U.S. media and relevant bodies to speculate endlessly on the so-called "China's cyber threat". First, it is owed to the fear that China will catch up with the United States, so the former would be its rival in global dominance; second, China is taken as an "imaginary adversary", which could serve as the pretext for the U.S. reinforcement of its "cyber force" development and preparation for "the new cyber warfare" and, third, it is aimed to poison the international public opinion and sabotage China's image via the influence of media internationally and their "right to speak".

Internet security is definitely a global concern which requires international coordinated efforts, and the number of Web sites tampered by hackers exceeded 42,000 in 2009. China is willing to deepen its cooperation with other countries and learn from their experience to make internet a better place. And it has always stood for the peaceful use of global information networks under the precondition of maintaining national sovereignty, interests and security in its own formation sphere. The Chinese government proposed an initiative for formulation of an "international internet convention" at the 16th Session of the World Computer Congress held in the year 2000.

Furthermore, it passed the legislation for rigid management or control of various forms of hacker attacks inside China, and other cyber criminal activities. All these endeavors China has made give an eloquent proof of the country's sincere wish to spur its network security in the promotion of international cooperation.

By People's Daily Online and contributed by PD reporter Yu Xiaoqiu
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