[ISN] China denies trying to hack Dalai Lama's network

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Date: Wed Sep 25 2002 - 23:32:36 PDT

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    BEIJING (September 25, 2002 11:40 a.m. EDT) - Responding to
    accusations that China's government tried to break into the Dalai
    Lama's computer network, a government spokeswoman said Wednesday that
    Beijing opposes all computer hacking.
    The spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry's press division said she had
    no details on the accusation by the computer manager for the Tibet
    Buddhist leader's government in exile in India.
    However, she said, "the Chinese government always opposes the
    activities of hackers."
    The spokeswoman, contacted by telephone, wouldn't give her name.
    Jigme Tsering, manager of the Tibetan Computer Resource Center in
    Dharmsala, India, asserted Tuesday that Chinese hackers had designed a
    special virus to plug into the network and steal information.
    Tsering said activist groups around the world lobbying on behalf of
    Tibetans were also targeted by the virus, which was attached to an
    e-mail designed to look as if it came from his own office.
    Tsering said the e-mail, which could also have taken information off
    hard disks, had six return addresses in China, including universities
    and government institutions.
    He claimed hackers sent the virus to the center at least twice,
    between late August and Sept. 15.
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