U.S. and Chinese officials concluded two days of meetings Wednesday to curb cybercrime as China’s state-run news agency said a hacking attack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was carried out by criminals there.
China's blocking of Twitter has failed to keep activists, journalists and others from using the messaging platform to connect with the rest of the world, said a study released Wednesday.
The study by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society said it was not possible to estimate the number of Chinese Twitter users but said that "this alternative venue is enjoyed by various groups of people with diverse shared interests that gravitate towards three main areas: politics, technology, and entertainment."
An infamous advanced persistent threat hacking group known as Naikon is actually China's PLA Unit 78020 and a military intelligence expert there, traced to the attacks via his social media and other activity.
Add one more contentious cyberattack issue to the mix for tomorrow's meeting in Washington, D.C. between President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping: researchers have identified a member of a Chinese military unit that they say is behind an infamous cyber espionage attack campaign against governments in Asia as well as the United Nations.
Last month the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was hit by a drastic cyberattack which resulted in personal information of millions of current and former U.S. government employees to be stolen. While the Obama administration has refrained from pointing fingers it’s believed that the attack originated from China, a new report claims that the administration is mulling a possible retaliation against the People’s Republic.
US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America" and stealing government information, in strongly worded comments likely to irk Beijing.
Clinton, a former secretary of state, pulled no punches in remarks to Democratic supporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday.