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China Says It's Wasn't Skilled Enough To Hack Congressional Computers

 

Washington DC - A Chinese government spokesman says his country wasn’t skilled enough to hack six Congressional computers. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang added that there was no evidence of an attack and urged the United States to not be ’paranoid’.

Representatives Frank Wolf and Chris Smith, both critics of China’s human rights record, say six of their computers were hacked in the past two years. What’s interesting about Qin’s statement is that as recently as April, Chinese hacker groups were calling for denial of service attacks against major US sites. One group, the ’Revenge of Flame’, had planned to launch a massive attack against CNN over what it perceived to be biased reporting over the Olympic Torch events. That group called off the attack after it lost the element of surprise.

Read more ... Associated Press via Yahoo

  • Let's hold hands with our enemies...
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  • Christopher1
    I wouldn't exactly call China an enemy.... more like a rival, if anything. Now Iran.... THERE is an enemy, but the thing about enemies is that they can be turned into friends, if you are willing to compromise enough.
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  • turbolover22
    I used to work for the IT Security Group for a University in Utah. We were being scanned hundreds of thousands of times a day. We resorted to blocking all traffic from entire foreign networks, most of them from China. The number of attacks on a daily basis plummeted to the point that we were actually able to follow up on and respond to attacks.

    It shouldn't be that hard for the government IT people to implement a default deny policy to hostile foreign networks and then implement exceptions on a case by case basis.
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  • Pei-chen
    Can someone explain to me the different between a DoS attack and stealing file? I think Humphrey mistaken the two but I'm no expert myself.
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  • martel80
    Pei-chen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial_of_service
    turbolover22: I had a 24/7 computer on a university network and got port-scanned on a regular basis. Someone was even stupid enough to brute-force my FTP using the "administrator" account (which fortunately didn't even exist). When I checked the IP, it was wanadoo.fr (French DSL?) network, so I don't think that blacklisting Chinese IPs would really help much.
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  • How can this guy say it was'nt his country that's skilled enough. How would they know? Most hackers live in basements and are sometimes geniusses in breaking into computers if you ask me.

    And yes, daily bruteforces on my FTP for example are coming from China and foreign countrys.
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  • eofu
    Whatever, I have seen websites defaced with the title "HACKED BY CHINESE!"

    Also I'm sure if you WHOIS the IP addresses of these attacks in your logs you will find some that link to China.

    Please, this is typical politics lying to each other again.
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  • turbolover22
    Martel:

    Yes we had several computers hacked by French IP addresses as well. Most of them from Wanadoo FR. If there was a Wanadoo network that had enough computers attacking/scanning our network to meet our threshold then the entire Wanadoo network got blocked. There were only a few of these networks from Wanadoo that got the entire network blocked (maybe 3-5). But as far as networks from China we had blocked 100's.
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  • Vedlen
    turbolover22Martel:Yes we had several computers hacked by French IP addresses as well. Most of them from Wanadoo FR. If there was a Wanadoo network that had enough computers attacking/scanning our network to meet our threshold then the entire Wanadoo network got blocked. There were only a few of these networks from Wanadoo that got the entire network blocked (maybe 3-5). But as far as networks from China we had blocked 100's.Wanadoo was renamed Orange months ago, just a detail ;)
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  • Vedlen
    turbolover22Martel:Yes we had several computers hacked by French IP addresses as well. Most of them from Wanadoo FR. If there was a Wanadoo network that had enough computers attacking/scanning our network to meet our threshold then the entire Wanadoo network got blocked. There were only a few of these networks from Wanadoo that got the entire network blocked (maybe 3-5). But as far as networks from China we had blocked 100's.Wanadoo was renamed Orange months ago, just a detail ;)
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