Days after cybersecurity firm Mandiant published an eye-popping report of state-sponsored cyber espionage by the China's People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese have fired back. They're not only denying that they are behind the attack, they also say that they're actually the victim and that the United States of America is actually the biggest culprit of overseas hacking.
Here's what their multi-faceted denial looks like:
There might be hacking, but China doesn't support it. "Chinese law forbids hacker attacks that undermine Internet security, the Chinese government has always resolutely combated related criminal activities, the Chinese army has never supported any hacker activity," reads a statement from China's Ministry of Defense. Over the past two years China has been accused of cyber espionage multiple times,including some reports by U.S. intelligence agencies, yet the country has always maintained that it is not supported by the Chinese government.
How can we be hacking when we're getting hacked? The Chinese Ministry of Defense statement reveals that it gets hacked too:
China is one of the main victims of cyber attacks. According to statistics, the Chinese armed forces access to the Internet user terminal suffered a large number of foreign attacks, [and] according to the IP address of the display, a considerable number of attack sources from the United States, but we did not [use this] a pretext to accuse the U.S. side.