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China Dismisses Claims of GhostNet Study

April 7, 2009

Spam Fighter
April 6, 2009

China out rightly denied the claims made in the
study entitled "Tracking GhostNet: Investigating
a Cyber Espionage Network" saying that these are
made to describe China as an Internet threat and they are also exaggerated.

Blaming China, the study claims that the country
used malicious software for espionage against the
banished Tibetan government, the Dalai Lama's
private office, and many foreign embassies.
However, to stay safe, the study authors did not
provide a conclusion by announcing that the
malware was tied to the Chinese government, which
helped China to reject the study's findings.

Commenting on this point, Graham Cluley, Security
Expert at Sophos, writes on a blog that there are
not enough evidences in the study to prove that
the Government of China or the People's
Liberation Army is responsible for the attacks.
According to him, the mere use of Chinese
computers for the operation does not imply that
the authorities in China are responsible for the
attack, as reported by Sophos on March 29, 2009.

Cluley further said that it would be difficult
for him to believe if the Chinese government
involved in cyber-spying, as reported by TheRegister on March 30, 2009.

Arguably, China is monitoring the activities of
foreign businesses and governments for
diplomatic, commercial and probably military
benefits by using the Internet. But Cluley says
that the UK, the US, Israel and other countries too are similarly engaged.

Besides Cluley, some security watchers in China
also gave their opinion regarding the study. For
instance, Beijing-based military and strategy
analyst Song Xiaojun said that the accusation
against China was clearly a political issue,
which the Western governments were attempting to
overestimate, as reported by CNN on March 30, 2009.

Additionally, Zhu Feng, a security analyst
working as a Professor at Peking University's
School of International Studies, said that cyber
safety had been a worldwide issue. But at
present, the security surveyors who observe China
as a growing threat have raised the topic afresh
and once again labeled China as a major threat to
the global Internet, as reported by CNN on March 30, 2009.
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