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China Denies Connection With Cyber-Spying Network

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Posted on Mar 30, 2009
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The Chinese government has denied having any relationship with “a malware-based cyber espionage network” called GhostNet, an operation revealed Sunday by a Toronto-based research team. GhostNet is suspected of infiltrating a number of military and diplomatic computer systems, including the Dalai Lama’s, and is based in China.

The network, dubbed GhostNet, is based in the People’s Republic of China. In the report, researchers stated that almost 30% of the infected computers were “high-value,” diplomatic, political, economic or military in nature. (At the same time, a group from Cambridge University issued a similar report entitled, “The Snooping Dragon.”)

GhostNet is extremely sophisticated and allows its operators to take “full control” of infected systems. They could, for instance, capture documents, issue commands, implant software, and even see and hear what was happening in a room by turning on cameras and microphones of affected computers. According to the report, GhostNet is still operating.

Is China’s government involved? “These are old stories and they are nonsense,” said a spokesman of the Chinese consulate in New York.

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By squeaky jones, March 31, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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I guess Cheneys, Bushs, and the rest of the Dark Side is pissed; cause, they are watching their every creepy, discusting moves. Squeaky.

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By Rodger Lemonde, March 31, 2009 at 6:37 am Link to this comment
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Denial is so much simpler when it doesn’t have to be plausible.
You have to admire the mix of high and low tech here.

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