US Feds point finger at China over recent cyber attacks
Beijing-Washington cyber-spat continues
The FBI yesterday issued a warning to US businesses that a hacking group it believes to be funded by the Chinese government has recently launched attacks on American companies, Reuters reported.
An FBI-issued document described the means used in the attacks and suggested mitigation steps to be taken in the event of a network breach. It also call upon organisations to inform investigators of cyber incidents.
The FBI claimed it was made aware of "a group of Chinese government-affiliated cyber actors who routinely steal high-value information from US commercial and government networks through cyber espionage".
"The FBI has recently observed online intrusions that we attribute to Chinese government affiliated actors," FBI spokesman Josh Campbell told Reuters via email. "Private sector security firms have also identified similar intrusions and have released defensive information related to those intrusions."
The Chinese embassy in Washington condemned the FBI claims, and called for "the US side to stop this kind of unfounded accusation".
"I'm not aware of the investigation by the US FBI," said Chinese embassy spokesman Geng Shuang. "Judging from past experience, conclusions of this kind of investigation are usually lacking in provable facts and hard evidence."
In May, US prosecutors indicted five Chinese military officers, in absentia, over alleged cybercrimes within US borders. The move sparked a series of actions by Chinese authorities to curb US technology companies' business operations in China. Among the actions was the banning of Microsoft Windows 8 on government computers.