SUSPECTED BY DEFAULT, China has denied that it took part in the widely publicised hacking that was uncovered by insecurity firm McAfee earlier this week.
McAfee's claim that some 72 organisations including the US, Candian and Indian governments were hacked in a prolonged attack led many to simply assume that China was behind the attacks. For its part, McAfee did not publicly point the finger at anyone but said that there was a single "state actor" involved, which for some automatically meant China.
Now China's state-owned newspaper the People's Daily dismissed the allegations that China was to blame as "irresponsible", though it did not cite any official comment from the ruling Communist party. The paper said, "The McAfee report claims that a 'state actor' engaged in hacking for a large-scale internet espionage operation, but its analysis clearly does not stand up to scrutiny."
Although the People's Daily is regarded as the voice of the Communist party, it does have a valid point. As we mentioned in our original report about Operation Shady RAT, China might well be a suspect but unless the security experts have access to the raw log files, it is premature to eliminate all other states that have the resources to engage in such hacking activities.
McAfee should be commended for remaining neutral, though questions should be raised as to why it took security firms so long to find out that some of the world's most sensitive networks had been compromised for so long. µ
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