China unfairly cast as the villain in global cyberwar

China isn't the only cyber bogeyman

Are we seriously to think that cyberattacks only go one way, with PLA-sponsored hackers going after American targets? Come on, both sides are waging an intense cyberwar involving many free agents whose loyalties and political allegiances are murky.

Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 7:37am 7 comments

It would be even more surprising if the PLA did not resort to cyberspying

The building housing Unit 61398 of the PLA in Shanghai. Photo: AP

An investigative report released recently by Mandiant, a US IT security firm, predictably sparked controversy by pinning the blame for a series of cyberattacks on US companies on Shanghai-based Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army.

3 Mar 2013 - 2:13am

America's two-faced tirade against Chinese 'cyberwar'

The Obama administration is planning to confront the new leadership in Beijing over the cyberwarfare that the Chinese state is allegedly waging against America and its top corporations. Photo: AFP

Hey, kettle. It's pot here, calling to denounce you with evidence you are undermining world peace.

The Obama administration is planning to confront the new leadership in Beijing, according to The New York Times, over the cyberwarfare that the Chinese state is allegedly waging against America and its top corporations.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:21am 32 comments

US needs to be transparent on its cyberwar rules

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. Photo: AFP

There has been much talk in US defence circles about the threat of cyberwarfare. That is understandable given that no country is as reliant on computers and, therefore, as vulnerable to attack. Rules on dealing with strikes will be approved soon, although they will be highly classified.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:19am 1 comment

Taipei to boost cyberwar defences

Taiwan plans to beef up its cyberwar capabilities to counter a perceived threat from mainland hackers targeting government and security websites, local media reported yesterday.

3 Sep 2012 - 4:36am

Hackers hit top internet provider, steal passwords

The mainland's biggest internet services provider, China Telecom, confirmed yesterday that one of its computer systems had been attacked by a group of hackers and some users' passwords stolen.

But the state-owned company denied that the attack had caused any serious damage.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cyber army in online attack on government

Authorities in several mainland cities have been struggling to restore their websites after five days of attacks by international hacking group Anonymous as part of its new campaign to free the Chinese people.

Via a Twitter account opened in late March, Anonymous China announced that eight websites ending with '' had been hacked and defaced across the mainland.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Complacency puts websites in danger

It is a sad reality of the internet that no website can be considered safe from hackers. Even if the best protection is in place, those with malicious intent can bombard servers with spam to bring them to a grinding halt.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Businessman arrested for HKEX hacking

A 29-year-old businessman has been arrested in connection with the cyber attacks on the Hong Kong stock exchange's website last week.

The suspected hacker was taken into custody on Thursday after police raided his home in Yuen Long and the IT company he owns in Kwun Tong, where 17 computers as well as two mobile phones and five digital storage devices were seized.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Can HKEx withstand future attacks?

The suspension policies and internet security measures of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) are under the spotlight after a wave of cyber attacks that crashed the exchange's regulatory disclosure website last week.

Police found that overseas hackers orchestrated the attacks that began on Wednesday to block investor access to a website hosting corporate announcements.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Code blue for China's red army

A spy satellite beams a high-definition thermal image to the field command of the Jinan military region's cyberwarfare 'blue unit' via an encrypted downlink.

A large enemy force of tanks, artillery and heavily armed troops has massed at the border, under camouflage to escape the notice of Chinese sentries.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing hits at Pentagon's cyber strategy

China's state media lashed out at what has been billed as the Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy, saying it would open the door for the United States to use military force against perceived cyberattacks.

The cyber strategy could trigger 'extremely dangerous consequences', Xinhua said.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cyber army is defensive, P.L.A. colonel says

The mainland's cyber army is deployed to improve the defensive capabilities of the People's Liberation Army, the Ministry of National Defence said in its first confirmation of the existence of the internet security force.

The statement came amid rising international concern over China's growing cyberwarfare and intelligence-gathering capabilities.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Hackers vow to protect 'sovereignty'

Mass organised hacking activities against United States Web sites might have stopped, but anti-American sentiment will probably linger among China's hacking community.

That is according to Hackers of China (HOC) president, who uses the pseudonym 'Gao Jianfei'.

15 May 2001 - 12:00am