China Denies Internet Spy Network Involvement

World | March 30, 2009, Monday // 20:08|  views

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China has denied involvement in the electronic spy network which researchers say infiltrated computers in government offices around the world.

The spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said that there was no evidence to show Beijing was involved, the BBC reported Monday.

He suggested the findings were part of a "propaganda campaign" by the Tibetan government in exile.

The research was commissioned by the Dalai Lama's office alarmed by possible breaches of security.

The report said that the electronic network had infiltrated 1 295 computers in 103 countries, including computers belonging to foreign ministries and embassies.

The Canadian researchers had been approached by the office of the Dalai Lama, who feared the computers of his Tibetan exile network had been infiltrated.

The researchers said that while the network was based mainly in China, there was no conclusive evidence China's government was behind the infiltration.

They said ministries of foreign affairs of Iran, Bangladesh, Latvia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Barbados and Bhutan appeared to have been targeted.

The researchers said hackers were apparently able to take control of computers belonging to several foreign ministries and embassies across the world using malicious software, or malware.

"We uncovered real-time evidence of malware that had penetrated Tibetan computer systems, extracting sensitive documents from the private office of the Dalai Lama."

They said they believed the system, which they called GhostNet, was focused mainly on governments in Asia.


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