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China denies cyber-spying, but seen using stolen exile Tibetan data

April 3, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 2, 2009

Teams of cyber experts in Toronto (Canada) and
Cambridge (UK) have found that computers based
almost exclusively in China had hacked into and
stolen data from 1,239 computers in 103
countries, with government offices and big
companies being prime targets. Their findings are
based on an initial request for investigation
from the Dalai Lama’s office, whose computers too
had been found to be broken into. China claimed
that it was beneath its dignity to engaged in
such reprehensible practice. But now the Dalai
Lama has confirmed that data from computers
belonging to his offices had indeed been going
straight to the Chinese government, irrespective
of the question who was doing the actual hacking.

The Dalai Lama said that private information on
the computers of his government in exile in India
seemed to regularly reach the Chinese
authorities, reported AP Mar 3. Citing an example
of obvious hacking, he said that before a visitor
had even requested an Indian visa, the Chinese
government had lodged a protest with India. "My
officials are surprised that even some
communication from my office in upper Dharamsala
to our secretariat in central Dharamsala seems to
reach the Chinese hands," he was quoted as telling reporters.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang had
scoffed at the allegation as a symptom of a "Cold
War virus" that causes people overseas to
"occasionally be overcome by China-threat seizures".

Although the Dalai Lama did not mention China as
the culprit, the head of the exile Tibetan
government, Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, is clear on
where the blame lies. "The involvement of the
Chinese authorities is quite clear for the last
several years," the report quoted him as saying.
"So whatever correspondence is there in our
computer system, it reaches them and they are
able to act on them," it quoted him as telling reporters in New Delhi.
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