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  • Aug 31, 2014
  • Updated: 6:02am

Chinese media brands US a ‘mincing rascal’ over hacking charges

Chinese hackers found to have used unsophisticated techniques such as e-mail phishing to steal US trade secrets

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 10:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 6:40pm

Chinese state media labelled the United States a "mincing rascal" and "high-level hooligan" on Wednesday in response to Washington charging five Chinese military officers with hacking US companies to steal trade secrets.

The indictment on Monday was the first criminal hacking charge the US has filed against specific foreign officials, and follows a rise in public criticism and private confrontation between the world’s two biggest economies over cyber espionage.

The US identified the hacking alleged victims as Alcoa World Alumina, Westinghouse, Allegheny Technologies, US Steel, United Steelworkers Union and SolarWorld. China denied the allegations.

As a first response to the charges China suspended a Sino-US working group on cyber issues. In an editorial, the Global Times, an influential tabloid run by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s Communist Party, said this was the "right move, but we should take further actions."

"We should encourage organizations and individuals whose rights have been infringed to stand up and sue Washington," the newspaper said. "Regarding the issue of network security, the US is such a mincing rascal that we must stop developing any illusions about it."

The Chinese-language version of the Global Times called the United States a "high-level hooligan".

Washington’s legal approach against China is "high-handed and hypocritical", the People’s Daily said, citing media reports that the U.S. National Security Administration (NSA) spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

"Suspending the operations of a bilateral group on cyber affairs is a reasonable start, but more countermeasures should be prepared in case Washington obstinately sticks to the wrong track," state news agency Xinhua said in a commentary on Tuesday.

The attacks came as analysts revealed that the hacking techniques China is accused of using against American companies turned out to be disappointingly mundane, tricking employees into opening e-mail attachments or clicking on innocent-looking website links.

In some cases, the government says, the hackers used “spear-phishing”, a well-known scam to trick employees into infecting their own computers by opening emails with infected links.

The hackers are said to have created a fake email account under the misspelled name of a then-Alcoa director and fooled an employee into opening an e-mail attachment called “agenda.zip”, billed as the agenda to a 2008 shareholders’ meeting.

In a 31-count indictment announced on Monday, the Justice Department said five Chinese military officials operating under hacker aliases such as “Ugly Gorilla”, ‘’KandyGoo” and “Jack Sun” stole confidential business information, sensitive trade secrets and internal communications for competitive advantage.



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The US should first explain why it is hacking into Chinese companies, Chinese individuals, Chinese Universities, and finally Chinese government. Is that legal or illegal? Is the US stealing information for whatever purpose? Is it really meaningful to distinguish what it is for, trade secrets or security?
If the US is committing massive theft of Cyber information over the internet from China, can China retaliate in kind? Is unilateral legal action against cyber attacks really the best means to stop cyber warfare?
Who is doing the provocative act?
What next? "Tango dancer"? Great stuff! Please keep it up.
Both sides are equally guilty as charged, but with different intentions. The US hackers needed Intels of how much technology and business data China has stolen from them, since China hasn't got anything revolutionarily viable to steal from anyway. The Chinese would keep probing to steal trade secrets to help modernize their country, both economincally and militarily. How do you think China got to where they are today, in a mere decade of evolution.
Please don't get started on your patriotic and anti-western rhethorics here. It's becoming boring and repeptively childish. I copy homework from A grade stundents in High School and you mimic X-Men because they have superior supernatural power and hongkongers drool and kiss up to super rich that could offer tips on potential surging stocks so you could make a few easy bucks. We are what we are, survival of the fittest. Suck it up!
Mincing rascal and high level hooligan? Has Beijing hired some ex North Korean propaganda writers?
"Robber playing cop" This is the best analogy there can be. Thank you Snowden and Assange for uncovering all the crimes the U.S. has committed.
The US allegations are just make believe nonsensical c r a p to distract attention from the real criminal and culprits in the CIA and NSA.

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