Friday, February 13, 2009

Chinese Cyber Attacks Back in the News

Attacks from China have resurfaces in the news although its difficult to determine from the coverage if these are new attacks. In a recent interview, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, provided a few details concerning attack targets:

"Currency trading is among the financial networks targeted by hackers, Thompson said. An attack would be particularly damaging in light of the financial system’s troubled state, he said.

"He said electric utilities’ networks also have several points of weakness.

“We were provided alarming data on the vulnerability of our electrical grid in this country,” he said."

China strongly denies the allegations:

“Allegations that the Chinese government is behind cyber attacks against the U.S. computer networks are totally unwarranted and misleading for the America public,” Wang [Baodong, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the U.S.] said in an e-mailed statement.

Wang said the Chinese government is “cracking down” on computer hacking and other cyber crimes.

Chinese Hackers Attack U.S. Computers, Thompson Says

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