China Says It Is Primarily a Victim of Cyberhacking, Not the Hacker

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The kid accused on the playground as being the school bully is now saying he is the victim.

In the shadow of a May indictment of five Chinese nationals, accused of working in China’s army on cyber espionage missions, China’s “internet tsar” claims that it is China who is the victim of most cyberattacks, the origin of which emulate from the United States.

China is the world’s largest victim of cyber-hacking

Speaking at a Beijing press conference, Lu Wei, the Chinese “minister of cyberspace,” which is his official title, said China is the “world’s largest victim” of cyberhacking, pointing to 10,000 websites that have been and nearly 80 percent of government sites.  Who is responsible?

Wei points the finger squarely at the US.

“There are some who accuse China of hacking,” Wei was quoted as saying in a Financial Times report, a claim consistently made by US officials.  “Here I must stress that we do not permit hacking of others’ networks to attain information.  China is the world’s main victim of cyber hacking.”

China rolling out peacemaker corporate leaders

Despite the growing war of words over cyberhacking, China is trotting out its lineup of corporate leaders to play the role of peacemaker.  Wei announced a new conference taking place in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, a short trip from the location of China’s shining internet star, the headquarters of ecommerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA). The three day conference, starting on November 19, will include key government figures along side their comrades who are chairmen of China’s three largest companies – Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU), Alibaba and Tencent Holdings Ltd (HKG:0700).  The goal would be to “showcase the results of the first 20 years of the development of the Chinese internet.”  Wei said the majority of the participants in the conference would be from the US, not China.

There are significant differences between the US and China in terms of internet freedom that are likely won’t be addressed at the Wuzhen confab, among them Internet freedom and censorship.

When asked about censorship and why, for instance, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) was not allowed in China, Wei was sanguine and coyly responded: “I have never tried to log on to Facebook, so I don’t know if it has been shut off.”  He then went into an apparent doublespeak ramble as he answered a question about why certain US web sites are restricted in China. “We will not allow foreign companies to take over the market, take the Chinese people’s money and cause harm to the Chinese people,” he said.

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