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China: We Don't Hack the U.S.

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This week has been filled with reports about the apparent hacking of the Pentagon.

A report in the Wall Street Journal claimed that cyber-spies had hacked into the Department of Defense’s most expensive project to date, the $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project. Citing current and former government officials familiar with the attacks, reporters at the Wall Street Journal said the attacks appeared to have originated in China. The Journal report also quoted “a person briefed on the matter” as saying investigators had traced the penetrations back “with a high level of certainty” to known Chinese IP addresses. The WSJ also included excerpts from a Pentagon report that claimed the Chinese military had made "steady progress" in developing online-warfare techniques in an attempt to compensate for an underdeveloped military.

The AFP reports that while fielding questions on the report that appeared in the WSJ, China insisted it was opposed to internet crimes. "Some people keep making up stories, I don't know what their intentions are," foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told the AFP. "We resolutely oppose and crackdown on cyber crimes, including hacking."

The hacking of the Joint Strike Fighter project has come under scrutiny following a statement from the lead contractor on the project, Lockheed Martin Corp. The company said it believed the WSJ report was "incorrect in its representation of successful cyber attacks” and maintained that to its knowledge there has never been any classified information breach. The Wall Street Journal countered with the fact that at no point did they report that the terabytes of data stolen was classified.

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AFP Report: China insists it does not hack into US computers

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    st430 , April 24, 2009 4:31 PM
    as if CIA don't hack other country.
    everybody does it..
    that's all spys does.
    even our allies spys on us.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 3:52 PM
    What a joke. I personally know they are hacking our stuff. I also think it's a joke that they don't crack down on cyber crimes. Let someone in China go to a pro democracy site watch how fast they get jailed.
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    Parrdacc , April 24, 2009 4:13 PM
    Well what a nice toss up. Who to believe. The Chinese, US Government/Military, or the Media? Tough call. Well for me the Chinese are absolutely out of the question. As for the other two....who knows? I still think it was a ploy to get government funds and more overall control, but that's just me.
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    dextermat , April 24, 2009 3:50 PM
    If the Chinese don't stop lying; their lose all their teeth :p 
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 3:52 PM
    What a joke. I personally know they are hacking our stuff. I also think it's a joke that they don't crack down on cyber crimes. Let someone in China go to a pro democracy site watch how fast they get jailed.
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    Tedders , April 24, 2009 3:58 PM
    Daniel44125What a joke. I personally know they are hacking our stuff. I also think it's a joke that they don't crack down on cyber crimes. Let someone in China go to a pro democracy site watch how fast they get jailed.

    How do you "personally know". Wait, maybe you can't tell us because you are a spy!
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    IzzyCraft , April 24, 2009 4:01 PM
    Sorry China I don't believe anything you said after your blatant propaganda about the Tibetan people.
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    wikiwikiwhat , April 24, 2009 4:04 PM
    I believe that China hasn't gotten any classified info. Why would you not act on it if you had that info? Cuz they don't have any vital info.
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    Parrdacc , April 24, 2009 4:13 PM
    Well what a nice toss up. Who to believe. The Chinese, US Government/Military, or the Media? Tough call. Well for me the Chinese are absolutely out of the question. As for the other two....who knows? I still think it was a ploy to get government funds and more overall control, but that's just me.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 4:20 PM
    No country is going admit to spying, that's insane. It could be perceived as an act of aggression, or act of war.
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    Greatwalrus , April 24, 2009 4:21 PM
    I have a hard time believing them as China basically has us by the balls monetarily, they know it would be a bold move if we tried to dig deeper into this matter.
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    old man dotes , April 24, 2009 4:24 PM
    "We didn't hack your stuff" "I did not have sex with that woman" "No protesters were harmed by Chinese tanks in Tianenmen Square" "Tibet is a province of China by the free choice of the Tibetan people"

    Yeah, I believe all of that. Come ON, China is the source of the gods only know how much spam for illegal products and the Chinese government is perfectly happy to let that go on as long as it's not Chinese addresses being spammed, Chinese cyberthugs steal passwords and install keyloggers with tacit government approval, why would anyone think the Chinese government would shy away from hacking foreign government systems to spy on them? Let's be realistic, the NSA would do that in a heartbeat, and the Chinese government isn't any more honest than the NSA.
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    st430 , April 24, 2009 4:31 PM
    as if CIA don't hack other country.
    everybody does it..
    that's all spys does.
    even our allies spys on us.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 5:02 PM
    OK... Weapon of Mass destruction, Tonkin incident, 911 is very suspicious, War In Iraq(i dont know why we are there beside Oil), Panama, Nixon, etc etc...
    All Great countries are liars. China lies, USA lies, Russia lies, etc...

    i'm pretty sure China is hacking into USA but im also sure USA is hacking China.
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    jsloan , April 24, 2009 5:04 PM
    sure you don't
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    jwl3 , April 24, 2009 5:05 PM
    Freaking liars. Just like Iran claiming they want nuclear power for "energy." Western countries will always lose in situations like this because we'll never hire unofficial hackers to break into Russian or Chinese networks.
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    jsloan , April 24, 2009 5:05 PM
    doctorpinki'm pretty sure China is hacking into USA but im also sure USA is hacking China.


    yeap, but who isn't
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    jwl3 , April 24, 2009 5:07 PM
    wikiwikiwhat,


    How do you know they're not? How do you know they're not using that info in THEIR fighter jets as we speak? Unbelievable - just because China doesn't release a fighter jet that looks like the JSF the NEXT DAY after hacking the info means they didn't steal it? What kind of idiot are you?

    That's like saying the Craig'slist killer didn't do it cause he's not wearing bloody clothes the next day.
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    falchard , April 24, 2009 5:26 PM
    Like has been said, no Contractor worth a damn would place classified information on the internet. You would need to actually go into Lockhead Martins R&D and physically put a disk in one of the restricted access computers to get that information.
    I think this is just a ploy by the US government to get stricter Internet regulations. Seriously, what did they get anyway? How a jet engine works, you can google that info.
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    avericia , April 24, 2009 5:41 PM
    Next week in tomshardware news:

    China releases the JSF 2 and insists that they did not hack the US because foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told the AFP. "We resolutely oppose and crackdown on cyber crimes, including hacking."
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 5:44 PM
    Why is it still necessary to connect the pentagon to the Internets?
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    stryk55 , April 24, 2009 5:51 PM
    st430as if CIA don't hack other country.everybody does it..that's all spys does.even our allies spys on us.


    Exactly right. In fact Israel has been cited as spying on us more than one occassion, and they are supposed to be close with us.
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