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Behind the hype of 'Chinese hacker threat'

(People's Daily Online)

08:05, February 07, 2013

Edited and translated by Li Qian, People's Daily Online

The New York Times claimed to have been attacked by Chinese hackers on January 30. Dow Jones & Company, the publisher of Wall Street Journal also alleged that fact one day later.

And on February 2, Washington Post also alleged the first cyber attack of 2011 may have been made by Chinese hackers.

However, is that true? The famous American computer security software McAfee's director of global communications Joris Evers once said, China's zombies (a type of computers infected with viruses controlled by malicious hackers) account for twelve percent among this kind of computers in the whole world. United States Symantec also has issued a report saying: the United States is hackers' base camp, and China is the biggest victim.

According to the data released by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Coordination Center of China, in the first half of last year, about 7.8 million domestic computers suffered the attacks from 27.900 different IP address from other countries, but mainly from the United States.

Actually, it is very complicated to determine the source of hacker attacks, so it's arbitrary and irresponsible for the US to blame China's network for the attacks with no real evidence.

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