“Recent high-profile, China-based computer exploitations continue to suggest some level of state support. Indicators include the massive scale of these exploitations and the extensive intelligence and reconnaissance components,” the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s (USCC), writes in the report.
The report specifically concludes that the Chinese government, Communist Party, and Chinese individuals and organizations continue to hack into computer systems and networks in the US and other countries.
The researchers have found that the methods used are more sophisticated than in past attacks.
Today’s report details a number of incidents in which China hijacked or redirected Internet data from other countries.
Among the most prominent highlights, the USCC described one incident in April (PDF) in which state-controlled Chinese carrier China Telecom sent out incorrect information on Internet traffic paths that told data from the US and other countries to travel through Chinese servers.
This incident, which occurred in April and lasted 18 minutes, affected traffic to and from US government and military sites as well as those for commercial companies, such as Dell, Microsoft, IBM, and Yahoo.
The USCC could not determine if this redirection was intentional, or what, if anything, Chinese telecommunications carriers did with the “hijacked” data.
But it did point out in its report that this type of activity could let a telecommunications firm access data from traffic that’s supposed to be secure and encrypted.
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- China Telecom denies hijacking U.S. Web traffic (reuters.com)
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