August 10, 2011

China Hit With Half A Million Cyber-attacks Last Year

China experienced 500,000 cyber-attacks in 2010, with almost half originating from foreign countries such as the United States, the country's computer security agency said on Tuesday.

Most of the attacks came in the form of Trojan software, which is malicious software that disguises itself as an application, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

Nearly 15 percent of these programs originated from IP addresses in the United States, while eight percent came from India, according to the report by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Coordination Center.

The report follows implications that Beijing might be behind a series of global cyber-attacks in recent years targeting various companies and government organizations "“ something China denies.

In June, Internet search giant Google said a cyber-spying campaign originating in China had targeted the Gmail accounts of senior U.S. officials, military personnel, journalists and Chinese political activists.

The computers of Australia's prime minister, foreign and defense ministers were also suspected of being hacked earlier this year, with China being suspected of being involved in the attacks.

China has the world's largest online population, with approximately 485 million users.


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