China accused the US today of carrying out “tens of thousands” of cyberattacks against the country, through which they stole important data, mostly from a Chinese research institute, France Press reported.
Washington regularly accuses Beijing of hacking attacks on companies and government offices because of the rivalry between the two world powers. China has always denied these accusations and in turn claims that it is a victim of American cyber attacks, although it rarely provides concrete evidence of the alleged violations, BTA recalls.
In a report today, China’s National Computer Virus Emergency Countermeasures Center (CVERC) accused the US National Security Agency (NSA) of “tens of thousands of malicious cyberattacks in recent years.”
The American agency gained popularity after the case of its former employee Edward Snowden, who made revelations about the existence of a global system for monitoring communications and the Internet.
According to the Chinese report, the US agency’s unit called “Personalized Access Operations” hacked the data of Northwest Polytechnic University, based in the northern Chinese city of Xi’an. The graduate school is funded by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China and specializes in space research and aeronautics.
The report states that the US agency’s department “gained control of tens of thousands of units of network equipment” of the university such as servers, terminals and routers, with the help of which it reached “extremely important technical information” such as access passwords.
According to those involved in the preparation of the report by the Chinese cybersecurity and anti-virus firm Qihou 360, the US agency “obtained 140 gigabytes of data of enormous importance” with the help of European and South Asian organizations.
Asked about the subject today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning commented that these alleged cyberattacks pose a “serious danger to China’s national security.” “We expect an explanation from the United States and an immediate end to these malicious actions,” she added to the media.
The US National Security Agency has not yet responded to AFP’s request for comment.
Last year, US information giant Microsoft announced that a group of computer hackers backed by China had taken advantage of flaws in its messaging system to steal personal data. China then denied the claims and in turn blamed the US, calling it the “world leader in malicious cyber attacks”.