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EXCLUSIVE: NSA targeted China's Tsinghua University in extensive hacking attacks, says Snowden

Tsinghua University, widely regarded as the mainland’s top education and research institute, was the target of extensive hacking by US spies this year

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 June, 2013, 11:24pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 August, 2013, 3:45pm

Tsinghua University in Beijing, widely regarded as the mainland’s top education and research institute, was the target of extensive hacking by US spies this year, according to information leaked by Edward Snowden.

It is not known how many times the prestigious university has been attacked by the NSA but details shown to the Post by Snowden reveal that one of the most recent breaches was this January.

The information also showed that the attacks on Tsinghua University were intensive and concerted efforts. In one single day of January, at least 63 computers and servers in Tsinghua University have been hacked by the NSA.

Snowden said the information he shared on the Tsinghua University attacks provided evidence of NSA hacking because the specific details of external and internal internet protocol addresses could only have been obtained by hacking or with physical access to the computers.

The university is home to one of the mainland’s six major backbone networks, the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) from where internet data from millions of Chinese citizens could be mined.

The network was the country’s first internet backbone network and has evolved into the world’s largest national research hub.

It is one of the mainland’s non-commercial networks, owned by the Ministry of Education, but operated and maintained by the university and other colleges.

Universities in Hong Kong and the mainland were revealed as targets of NSA’s cyber-snooping activities last week when Snowden claimed the Chinese University of Hong Kong had been hacked.

Chinese University is home to the Hong Kong Internet Exchange, the city’s central hub for all internet traffic.

Snowden said the NSA was focusing much attention on so-called “network backbones”, through which vast amounts of date passed.

In the wake of Snowden’s claims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up an office to deal with diplomatic activities involving cyber security.

The new cyber affairs office is the first of its kind on the mainland with a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman saying that Beijing, long accused of cyberhacking by the United States, has been a “a major victim” of cyberattacks and that it opposed “cyberattacks in all forms”.

She added that the central government would discuss cybersecurity issues with the United States at next month’s Sino-US strategic and security dialogue.

Professor Xu Ke, deputy director of the Institute of Computer Networks at Tsinghua University, has previously said that most data passing through network backbones was not encrypted.

Xu said most attacks on such networks were carried out by governments because individual hackers “could gain little”, as the amount of information they faced would be “colossal”.

Only governments or large organisations would have the resources and manpower to “find the needle in a haystack”, he said.


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agreed! as one of the top universities in that filthy rotten stinking commieland, they do train lots of cyber-terrorists there...
AUYEUNGY - you don't recognise sarcasim when you read it...
Yes, shame on this black president...............knew from the start that this was the last thing the USA needed but still they elected him.........shows how intelligent the American citizens are.
I don't like this president anymore than you do, but this guy is in well over his head in this job. I have serious doubts that he was even aware of what's going on in NSA all this time. So I wouldn't pin this one on him.
hard times !
Maybe you should know that the National Security Agency of America is directly responsible to their President Obama and not the Pentagon,the Defence Dept.How couldn't Obama learn nothing about such serious and large-scale cybersping acts ? Impossible at all !
are you a moron or a racist ?
hard times !
most Hongkongers are not racists,yet this black guy is really too much---inherit the bossy attitude of that cowboy President,George Bush:'with us or against us !' We Hong Kong together with Mainland China are both victims of the cyberspying done by the National Security Agency of America which is directly responsible to President Obama and his so-called National Intelligence Committee though NSA literally belongs to the Pentagon--the Defence Dept. Now the thief is calling,' stop thief !' Is it absurd to the extreme and very misleading ? I wonder.Black,brown, red or yellow skin doesn't matter and is not inferior to white skin which looks maybe more beautiful.But this descendant of a Kenyan father is really too much this time---just cannot admire the blacks this time !
Man you are some weirdo! Why don't you stop your hourly rant! You, and all the guys that fill the space in this news rag with a strikingly similar style, under strikingly similar 'identities', have not added anything of relevance during the past ten days, or so. Have you got nothing else to do? Go take a walk in the Hong Kong rain. Cool off!
hard times !
it is now known that within just one single day in last January, up to 63 hackings was done by the NSA of America against the top university in China---the Tsing Hua University which was built by the refund of the Campaign of 8-nations in 1900 from the American government.This university is known for its education and research.If this info.is proved to be true and geniune,there is absolutely no reason to hand over Mr.Snowden to the States at all. He is the benefactor of both China and Hong Kong by disclosing the evil pirate-typed acts committed by the National Security Agency of America ! Shame on the secret agency and its top boss who complained to our Presient Xi on his recent visit to the States for China's hackings into America's computers in their military and business corporations ! Shame on this black President indeed ! Shame on him ! No wonder the genreal consul of America in Hong Kong,Stephen Young had uttered,'no comment ' when asked by reporters about the Snowden case and a bunch of pro-America local guys such as writer Tao Kit (Tso Chik) accused Snowden of being a liar in his radio programme to blackmouth him and his revelations so do some anti-China elements in town who either remain mouths shut or attempting to downplay the shocking scandal in the world !
I'm sure I'm the minority on this page, but I would be shocked and dismayed if I found out that the US had NOT been spying on China, the rogue state of the 21st century.




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