China says it's incapable of hacking Reps' computers

China says it's incapable of hacking Reps' computers

Summary: The folks who brought you the Great Firewall of China and the Golden Shield are wholly incapable of breaking into the cyber-fortress that is the U.S.

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The folks who brought you the Great Firewall of China and the Golden Shield are wholly incapable of breaking into the cyber-fortress that is the U.S. House of Representatives. So they say.

Accused by U.S. Reps Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) of hacking into their office computers, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang played aw-shucks dumb at a news conference. Reports AP:

Is there any evidence? ... Do we have such advanced technology? Even I don't believe it. . . . I'd like to urge some people in the U.S. not to be paranoid. They should do more to contribute to mutual understanding, trust and friendship between the U.S. and China.

Wolf said four of his computers had been hacked beginning in 2006; Smith said two computers at his global human rights subcommittee were attacked. Both are longtime critics of China's human rights policies.

Wolf said the FBI told him other House members' computers have been compromised, as well as least one House committee, by sources from within China.

The U.S. is investigating whether Chinese officials copied the contents of a laptop left unattended during a visit by Commerce Sec. Carlos M. Gutierrez. Officials in the U.S., Britain and Germany have accused the Chinese of attacking government and military networks.

Topics: Security, CXO, Hardware, China

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  • Yeah, right...

    "We're incapable of it."

    And I'm Mae West. Why don't you come up and see me sometime.

    It'd be one thing to deny the action. But to go so far as to deny they even have the capability is sufficient to raise suspicion.

    That's my ten cents
    My two cents is free
    A nuisance. Who sent?
    You sent for me?
    MGP2
  • Cyberfortress?

    Who do they think they're kidding. How low are the GAO grades for most computer management?
    rpmyers1
  • Stupid congressmen...

    So why is this news now???

    There computers got infected with viruses over 2 years ago.
    Zephon
    • TIming

      Either because someone just noticed or because the Olympics are coming.
      rkoman@...
  • RE: China says it's incapable of hacking Reps' computers

    Too late.

    The Chinese have read our playbook from the early twentieth century and decided that the country that honors innovation and technical achievement will win the economic and therefore the political / military battle.

    While we honor athletes, entertainers, and lawmakers, their society recognizes that the technical community is helping them get the dominance they crave and therefore the kids who study math and science get the pretty girls and the big apartments. It will take us 20 years to turn around that attitude -- once or if we decide it is a problem.

    Until that time, lawmakers, speak up, the guys listening have a tough time with your accent. No wait, we could pass a law that said that was illegal with tough penalties.
    TomMariner
  • RE: China says it's incapable of hacking Reps' computers

    That's a joke.
    rkoman@...
  • So all those IP addy's I trace are from Mars?

    I manage a few private FTP servers in the USA. I see many who try to hack for Europe, the USA, South America, Russia, India and China.

    The log files tell me the IP address and I run a whois and find the network details. Very simple.

    40% of unauthorized failed logins come from domains that report as being based in China.

    Does this mean that those 40% are all from China? Not necessarily, but I do not believe the 'aw shucks, we can't do that' horse hockey emanating from the Peoples Republic.

    All our competitors in every country are trying to gain an advantage over us. One way is to steal information. I believe that the PLA and Chinese government sponsor many who troll for information using legal and illegal methods. But they are not alone.
    ThePrairiePrankster
  • Unattended Computer?

    He may as well have left the computer unattended at a hacker's convention.
    jpgeorgia
  • Cyber Warfare

    Taiwan and mainland China have been cracking each others' computers for a decade now.Thsat was one reason they launched Red Flag Linux.
    The Republicans insisted on Windows computers for all representatives when they took control of the House after the Contract on America.
    Why should Republicans be shocked their Windows computers are being hacked?
    epcraig
  • Deny, deny, deny.

    It works with so many parties in so many different situations. Quite effective.

    Of course, anyone who believes it is a moron. But no worry, there's no shortage of them.

    The only thing that's curious here is why the Chinese haven't attempted to set up the Tibetans as the real culprits in this.
    ejhonda
    • not yet

      Now that you have mentioned it, and some censor in China has read this, you'll probably hear about tibet's "involvement" on the 6:00 news.....
      madmikey
  • The Peepholes Rapepublic of China...

    Is not to be trusted in any way. Nothing that is said by their officials can be considered reliable. Nothing.
    bmerc
    • The Untied States of America

      Is not to be trusted in any way. Nothing that is said by their officials can be considered reliable. Nothing.
      pwoon@...
      • From the Dis-United Kingdom

        You think it is any different here?

        I cannot agree more with both statements. But then again get any large organisation of humanity, the scum rise to the surface and take control, giving us lies we need to believe, and lies we are told to believe.

        No, I don't believe China either. But compared to Bush's honesty? Who can blame them!

        (If only I knew how to do it!)
        burr_551@...
  • WHY the admission, now??

    Why in the world would they make such a stupid admission unless the opposite was the truth?
    What is to be gained here?. Do they really think that we are so Naive as to believe them?
    Chinese {well some of them} lie like rugs, why should this be any different.
    Hypocrisy and deceit is the order of the day in China.It always has been.
    So now we know, they in fact can and are preparing to do so, in the process they have already begun denial.
    Thanks for the Heads Up China.
    Regards
    Aaron
    Aaron A Baker
    • and its not like that in the USA?

      ya, sure theres no such thing as global warming, of course we're not here to steal your oil, of course the Patriot 2 act wont affect the civil liberties of innocent citizens.....pah
      2WiReD
    • Chinese lie?

      Well, yes, but so do you whites.
      pwoon@...
  • Maybe same old, same old...

    I would expect any attack by sophisticated government hackers to spoof their originating address to point somewhere else. My guess is that the finger is really pointing at amature Chinese hackers just like we have here. As I understand it China has an even higher percentage of geeks than we do.
    bernalillo
  • RE: China says it's incapable of hacking Reps' computers

    "I???d like to urge some people in the U.S. not to be paranoid. They should do more to contribute to mutual understanding, trust and friendship between the U.S. and China. "

    I am curious what he had in mind....perhaps manufacturing children's toys with poisons known to cause gradual retardation of developing brains for export to the US, and substitution of ethylene glycol in TOOTHPASTE, to save a few fractions of a cent per tube?

    Quoth Bart Simpson: "What happened to you China...you used to be cool"
    michael.tindall@...
    • Do you know how much China makes for us

      The products that were found to be defective is but .01% of the products that we import from them. Just because the Olympics are coming up and we have a trader deficit with them, is the reason why those issues were big news. How many toys were found to have lead compared to the ones that didn't (.1 %). Don't be an alarmist and racist.
      pwoon@...