The United States was the origin of more than half of the hacking
attacks on China in the first two months of 2013, state news agency
Xinhua said on Sunday, amid escalating tensions between Beijing and
Washington over the use of the Internet.
Beijing and Washington have
been squaring off for months over the issue of cyber-attacks, each
accusing the other of hacking into sensitive government websites.
China has long singled out the United States as the top source of intrusion on its computers.
top Internet security agency, the National Computer Network Emergency
Response Coordination Center (CNCERT), said the hacking attacks from
other countries have become "increasingly serious", Xinhua said.
the first two months of the year, 2,196 control servers in the United
States "controlled" 1.29 million host computers in China, making it "the
top-ranking country" that hacked into servers and host computers in
China, according to Xinhua.
"A large amount of facts have proven
that for many years, China has been one of the primary victims of cyber
attacks," an unnamed official from the China National Internet
Information Office told Xinhua.
In February, the Defence Ministry
said that two major Chinese military websites, including that of the
Defence Ministry, were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks a month
last year, almost two-thirds of which came from the United States.
U.S. computer security company in February said that a secretive
Chinese military unit was likely behind a series of hacking attacks
mostly targeting the United States, setting off a war of words between
Washington and Beijing.
China has denied the allegations and said it was the victim.
hacking dispute adds to diplomatic tension between China and the United
States, already strained by Chinese suspicion about Washington's
"pivot" back to Asia and arguments over issues from trade to human
© Thomson Reuters 2013