China Slams U.S. For Cyberspying On University
China has accused Washington of breaking into computers at a university that US officials say does military research, adding to complaints by both governments of rampant online spying against each other, Joe McDonald reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Photo Insert: Northwestern Polytechnical University reported computer break-ins in June.
Northwestern Polytechnical University reported computer break-ins in June, the National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center announced. It said the center, working with a commercial security provider, Qihoo 360 Technology Co., traced the attacks to the National Security Agency but didn’t say how that was done.
China and the United States are, along with Russia, regarded as global leaders in cyberwarfare research.
China accuses the US of spying on universities, energy and internet companies, and other targets. Washington accuses Beijing of stealing commercial secrets and has announced criminal charges against Chinese military officers.
The US actions “seriously endanger China’s national security,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning. She also accused Washington of eavesdropping on Chinese mobile phones and stealing text messages.
Last year, a Chinese man, Shuren Qin, was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal court in Boston after he pleaded guilty to exporting underwater and marine technology to Northwestern Polytechnical University without required licenses.
The NSA, part of the Department of Defense, is responsible for “signals intelligence,” or obtaining communications and other data.
The Computer Virus Emergency Response Center, set up in 1996 by the police department of the eastern city of Tianjin, describes itself as the Chinese agency responsible for inspection and testing of anti-computer virus products.
A report by Qihoo 360 in 2020 said hacking tools used in attacks on Chinese companies and government agencies in 2008-2019 were traced to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by comparing them with code in CIA tools disclosed by the Wikileaks group.