The Chinese government may have accidentally revealed how it secretly engages in cyber warfare.
Despite the fact that it denies that it does launch cyber attacks, a somewhat dull piece of military propaganda was screened on television which showed a Chinese military university engaged in cyberwarfare against the United States.
The documentary was meant as praise to the wisdom and judgement of Chinese military strategists and the traditional tar and feathering of the countries’ biggest customer, the US. The documentary tried to paint the US as an implacable cyber aggressor.
However, shots of an apparent China-based cyber-attack somehow made their way into the documentary.
Screenshots appear for six seconds and they show custom-built Chinese software apparently launching a cyber-attack against the main website of the Falun Gong. They use a compromised IP address belonging to a United States university.
The screenshots show the software was built by the Electrical Engineering University of China’s People’s Liberation Army. It is proof that the army is involved in coding cyber-attack software directed against a Chinese dissident group.
The software gives a window which says “Choose Attack Target” the operator types in the IP address and chooses Falun Gong websites.
Dozens of Falun Gong websites appear and the operator chooses Minghui.org, the main website.
The IP address 188.8.131.52 came from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Jason Ma, a commentator for New Tang Dynasty Television, told the Epoch Times that this was the first time anyone had seen the top Chinese military universities is doing this research and developing software for cyber-attacks.
It also proves that the Chinese are extending their persecution of Falun Gong overseas, attacking a civil website in the US.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham said that the IP address belonged to a website that was decommissioned in 2001 because it had been created against its rules. They said that they believe the purpose of the action demonstrated in the video was not to launch an attack from that website, but to block access to it.