China Denies Government-backed Hacking

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – China today moved to strongly deny a report that its military had direct ties to a hacking initiative identified by security company Mandiant as “APT1.”

The conclusion reached in the report was without merit, insisted a statement posted via a website for the Chinese Defense Ministry.

The country emphasized the means in which the findings were based upon. “The report, in only relying on linking IP address to reach a conclusion the hacking attacks originated from China, lacks technical proof,” the statement noted, according to NBC News.

It continued, “Everyone knows that the use of usurped IP addresses to carry out hacking attacks happens on an almost daily basis.”

China’s denial follows the release of  a 74-page report in which Mandiant said the country maintained a state-sponsored espionage program whose victims included over 100 mostly English-speaking organizations.

Mandiant described the hacking this way: “Once APT1 has established access, they periodically revisit the victim’s network over several months or years and steal broad categories of intellectual property, including technology blueprints, proprietary manufacturing processes, test results, business plans, pricing documents, partnership agreements, and emails and contact lists from victim organizations’ leadership,” the report noted.

Many high profiles hack attacks in the recent past have suspected ties to China. Such ones include breaches against U.S. military contractor Lockheed Martin and Google email service Gmail.