Chinese government accused of hacking again

Chinese government accused of hacking again

Summary: The New Zealand secret service has suggested the Chinese government was behind attacks on the country's networks.

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The New Zealand secret service has suggested the Chinese government was behind attacks on the country's networks.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday assured reporters that no classified information had been compromised but confirmed that she believed foreign government spies were behind the cyber attack.

While Clark said officials know which government was behind the attack, she would not name the country suspected.

"Now we have very smart people to provide protection every time an attack is tried. Obviously we learn from that," she told reporters.

Warren Tucker, New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service director, hinted to the local newspaper Dominion Post that the Chinese government was responsible for the attacks, referring to previous allegations about the country's spying activities by Canada's secret service.

The allegations come only a week after the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied the Chinese government had endorsed attacks on the computer networks of Germany, the US and the UK.

Foreign Ministry representative Jiang Yu said in a recent press conference: "Any accusation of Chinese military force attacking computer systems of foreign governments is groundless, irresponsible and out of ulterior motives. As far as I know, up till now, the Chinese police have not received any request for investigation assistance from the relevant countries."

IBRS security analyst James Turner warned that implications for Australian businesses are serious and that companies should consider joining the Attorney General's Trusted Information Sharing Network -- a private forum enabling owners of critical infrastructure to share information on security issues which affect them.

"A lot of Australian organisations play on an international level and have information worth stealing. [These incidents] seriously alter any risk analysis of security to protect attackers from stealing information," he said. "How do I prevent hackers from stealing information if I'm a smaller enterprise with valuable intellectual property when you could be hacked by government funded hackers?"

Topics: Security, New Zealand

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

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