Thursday, February 28, 2013

US hackers attacked military websites, says China's defence ministry

A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier stands guard in front of "Unit 61398", a secretive Chinese military unit, in the outskirts of Shanghai, February 19, 2013 

Beijing has been accused by several governments and foreign companies of carrying out cyber espionage.

Hackers from the US have repeatedly launched attacks on two Chinese military websites, including that of the Defence Ministry, officials say.

The sites were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks each month last year, two thirds of which came from the US, according to China's defence ministry.

The issue of cyber hacking has strained relations between the two countries.

Earlier this month a US cyber security firm said a secretive Chinese military unit was behind "prolific hacking".

Mandiant said that Unit 61398 was believed to have "systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data" from at least 141 organizations around the world. 

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