In the ongoing guessing game of the motives behind alleged cyber attacks from China targeting U.S., British and German government systems, CNN is reporting on an interview with a Chinese 'hacker' (calling himself 'Xiao Chen') who stated off the air that the Chinese government had paid 'hackers' for the information they obtained from compromised systems. These allegations have been strongly denied by China:
"Beijing hit back at that, denying such an allegation and calling on the United States to provide proof. "If they have any evidence, I hope they would provide it. Then, we can cooperate on this issue," Qin Gang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said during a regular press briefing this week.
"But again off-camera, Xiao Chen says after the alleged Pentagon attack, his colleagues were paid by the Chinese government. CNN has no way to independently confirm if that is true.
"His allegations brought strenuous denials from Beijing. "I am telling you honestly, the Chinese government does not do such a thing," Qin said."But if Xiao Chen is telling the truth, it appears his colleagues launched a freelance attack -- not initiated by Beijing, but paid for after the fact."
The veracity of these claims are also questioned by the website 'The Dark Visitor' that reports on the Chinese computer underground. The blog also provides an analysis of the underground website featured in the CNN report.
Chinese hackers: No site is safe