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Beijing responds to new hacking allegations — RT World News

Foreign Ministry spokesman says recent claims of China-backed cyberattacks are ‘false information’

China dismissed a report by a U.S. cybersecurity firm that accused Beijing of a major hack that targeted hundreds of people and organizations around the world, saying the allegations “Far-fetched and unprofessional.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded to the allegations on Friday, telling reporters that Mandiant, the agency behind them, has a record of falsely reporting on the People’s Republic of China.

“The cybersecurity firm you mentioned repeatedly sold false information about alleged Chinese hacking attacks. The stories were far-fetched and unprofessional,” Wang said at a daily news conference.

Mandiant released a lengthy report on Thursday describing a “Actor with aggression and skill” and “Suspected to be related to China” claiming that hackers engaged in “Espionage” Started last October. Attackers are said to have targeted diplomatic officials and government agencies in Southeast Asia, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, by exploiting a vulnerability in Barracuda Networks email systems.

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Founded in 2004, the company has often blamed China for various hacking attacks over the years, rising to prominence in 2012 after another high-profile hacking allegation against Beijing. The company was later acquired by Google for $1.2 billion and remains a subsidiary of the tech giant.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs went on to say “By fabricating reports of alleged foreign cyber-attacks,” Some U.S. companies have “Become an accomplice of the US government to smear other countries” Continue to blame Washington for its own hacking.

In April, the Chinese government published comments on alleged U.S. government cyberattacks, claiming U.S. intelligence agencies had “It has been invading, dividing and suppressing foreign network security vendors” for many years. The report outlines several major hacking incidents, including the 2010 attack on Iranian nuclear facilities using the Stuxnet virus developed by the US and Israel, and also points to Washington’s mass-collection surveillance program under the NSA.

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