[ISN] U.S.: Beijing backs hacking on 'massive scale'

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:03:23 -0600 (CST)

By Lance Whitney 
CNet News
November 17, 2010

A report delivered today to Congress by a commission on U.S.-Chinese 
relations is pointing the finger at the Chinese government for continued 
hacking attempts and computer exploits.

"Recent high-profile, China-based computer exploitations continue to 
suggest some level of state support. Indicators include the massive 
scale of these exploitations and the extensive intelligence and 
reconnaissance components," noted the report from the U.S.-China 
Economic and Security Review Commission's (USCC).

The report specifically concluded that the Chinese government, Communist 
Party, and Chinese individuals and organizations continue to hack into 
computer systems and networks in the U.S. and other countries. Finding 
the methods used more sophisticated than in past attacks, the commission 
said that the hackers are increasingly using social-networking tools and 
malicious software with ties to criminal organizations.

CNET last month reported on the findings of the commission through 
information obtained from a draft report. Today's release marks the 
official version of the USCC's 2010 report to Congress.


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