China is adding to claims made by both countries about widespread online eavesdropping against one another by accusing the United States of hacking into systems at a university where U.S. authorities claim military research is conducted.
The National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center said that Northwestern Polytechnical University reported computer break-ins in June. It claimed that the center, in collaboration with a for-profit security company named Qihoo 360 Technology Co., had linked the attacks to the National Security Agency, but it made no mention of how it had done so.
Along with Russia, China and the United States are regarded as world leaders in the study of cyber warfare.
China charges the US with eavesdropping on institutions of higher learning, energy cyber warfare, and internet businesses, among other targets. Washington has announced criminal charges against Chinese military members and accuses Beijing of stealing trade secrets.
According to Mao Ning, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, the U.S. measures "seriously undermine China's national security." She also claimed that Washington had intercepted and stolen text communications from Chinese mobile phones.
Mao declared, "China strongly rejects it." The United States ought to stop attacking other nations and stealing their secrets right away.
An inquiry for comment was not immediately answered by the American Embassy in Beijing.
Security experts claim that the Ministry of State Security and the People's Liberation Army, the military component of the ruling Communist Party, also fund hackers who operate outside of the government.
Northwestern Polytechnical University, located in the western city of Xi'an, is prohibited from using American technology since it is listed on the U.S. government's "entity list." Washington claims that the university works with the PLA to develop technology for missiles and aerial and undersea drones.
In a statement released on Monday, it was claimed that the US had stolen data about the university's network administration and other "essential technology." It claimed that 41 "network assault" tools discovered by Chinese analysts were linked to the NSA.
Shuren Qin, a Chinese national, admitted guilt to illegally transferring underwater and marine technologies to Northwestern Polytechnical University and was given a two-year prison term by a federal court in Boston last year.
The Department of Defense's NSA is in charge of gathering communications and other data, or "signals intelligence."
The police department of the eastern city of Tianjin established the Computer Virus Emergency Response Center in 1996. It touts itself as the Chinese organization in charge of inspecting and evaluating anti-computer virus products.
According to a report by Qihoo 360 in 2020, code in CIA tools revealed by the Wikileaks group was used to link hacking tools used in assaults on Chinese businesses and government institutions from 2008 to 2019 to the CIA.
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