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China: More Than Half Of All Foreign Cyber-Attacks Come From The United States


China recently accused more than half of foreign cyber-attacks against it originating in the United States.

According to data from a Beijing-affiliated cyber-security group, more than half of computer malware attacks in China from foreign entities in 2019 originated in the US.

The total number of computer malware attacks captured by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Engineering Team (CNCERT) is more than 62 million in 2019 and about 53.5% of attacks are from abroad, from the United States, lower than a year ago.

Russia and Canada ranked second and third in computer malware attacks against China, accounting for 2.9% and 2.6% of total foreign attacks, respectively.

According to CNCERT, the number of new malware attacks targeting mobile networks is nearly 2.8 million in 2019, 1.4% lower than a year earlier, the first decrease in attacks for 5 years.

CNCERT, which released an August 11 cybersecurity report, officially describes itself as a "non-profit non-governmental" agency but a 2019 recruiting post on its website said they " belongs to the China Cyber ​​Administration,the nation's leading internet watchdog.

Cybersecurity is on the rise amid escalating trade and technology tensions between the US and China.

According to a report by top Chinese cybersecurity provider Qihoo 360 in April, Chinese diplomatic missions and agencies were targeted by hackers through their virtual network (VPN) servers in a coordinated cyber espionage campaign earlier this year, at a time when more governments and global organizations are more vulnerable to security breaches than ever before due to telework agreements amid a pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has taken action against Chinese social apps TikTok and WeChat, accused of posing a threat to national security. The US Justice Department also accused Chinese hackers in July of targeting vaccine development, on behalf of the country's intelligence agency as part of a lengthy global cyber-attack campaign. The year targets industries such as defense contractors, high-end manufacturing and energy companies.

China has recently tightened its cyber-security rules, requiring "critical information infrastructure" to go through a cyber-security review process for any possible procurement impact on national security. The criteria could motivate companies to stay away from multinational suppliers that pose a high risk to China's national security, experts said.

"Facing new trends and challenges in cyber-security."

CNCERT said in its report. 

“We should accelerate cyber-security technology innovation, develop industry, cultivate talents and foster collaboration."


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