The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is firing back at hacking accusations made by US officials and security companies earlier this month. The PLA’s weapon of choice is a set of counter-accusations against the US military.
In a statement published on China’s Ministry of Defence website, a spokesperson said the MoD site, along with the China Military Online site, have faced serious threats from hacking attacks. The spokesperson also pointed out that the number of attacks had risen in recent years.
The MoD said the sites came under attack 144,000 times a month in 2012 and attacks from the US accounted for 62.9 percent of all attacks last year. Furthermore, the ministry expressed its concerns over US plans to expand cyber warfare capabilities, reports ZDNet.
The ministry also dismissed a recent report by security outfit Mandiant, which claimed to have pinpointed the origin of numerous cyber attacks on US targets to a 12-story building occupied by a PLA cyber warfare unit. The spokesperson said the report was inaccurate, unprofessional and full of loopholes.
“Chinese law forbids hacking attacks which undermine mutual networking safety behavior, [and] the Chinese government has always resolutely combated crime live action. The Chinese army [also do not] support any hacker activity,” spokesperson Geng Yansheng said.