China says US addresses used its computers to launch cyberattacks on Russia and Ukraine

FILE PHOTO: Illustrative photo of computer code on a screen over a Chinese flag
FILE PHOTO: Computer code can be seen on a screen over a Chinese flag in this July 12, 2017 illustrative photo. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

March 11, 2022

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has experienced continuous cyberattacks since February that have used internet addresses in the United States to take control of Chinese computers targeting Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, the state-run Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

It cited the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC), a cybersecurity technical center that leads efforts to prevent and detect cybersecurity threats to the country.

“CNCERT/CC surveillance revealed that China’s internet has been continuously exposed to cyberattacks from abroad since the end of February. These foreign groups attacked by taking control of computers in the country to conduct cyber attacks on Russia, Ukraine and Belarus,” the center quoted as saying.

“After analysis, most of the addresses for these attacks came from the United States,” it said, adding that some came from other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands.

Cyber ​​attacks have been a major point of tension between the United States and its allies and China, as the former accused China of conducting a global cyberespionage campaign.

China says it does not engage in cyberattacks and has labeled such allegations as “malicious slanders.”

(Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Kenneth Maxwell) China says US addresses used its computers to launch cyberattacks on Russia and Ukraine

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