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Chinese cyber attacks target German ministers

The Local · 29 Jun 2011, 08:09

Published: 29 Jun 2011 08:09 GMT+02:00

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Even as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao wrapped up a glittering visit to promote trade and a closer relationship, daily Bild reported the dramatic increase in attacks by Chinese hackers, whom the Cologne-based Bundesverfassungsschutz intelligence agency believes are working for Chinese intelligence.

Angela Merkel had discussed the issue with Wen during their talks, Bild reported. Germany and China held their first joint cabinet meeting Tuesday and inked more than $15 billion in business deals amid deepening economic and political ties between the two countries.

The Bundesverfassungsschutz’s latest report says the number of “electronic attacks” on German federal officials in 2010 was 2,108, which is about 600 more than the previous year, the paper wrote.

“Most of the attacks aimed at federal officials and German business, because of their characteristics, can be assigned an origin in China,” the intelligence report says.

The report also said: “Influential people (eg. ministers, state secretaries, department heads) as well as positions that deal intensively with issues to do with China were commonly attacked.”

The attacks had the identical characteristics of aiming at “strategic and lasting intelligence-gathering.”

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08:55 June 29, 2011 by tueken
¦quot;Most of the attacks aimed at federal officials and German business, because of their characteristics, can be assigned an origin in China,¦quot; the intelligence report says.

I guess such report will be welcomed anywhere.
09:28 June 29, 2011 by freechoice
First they pour billions into the German economy, helping the country to continue have stunning economic growth! Next they launch an all out assault on the German computer network system.

Those Chinese, are they mad? LOL!
10:12 June 29, 2011 by Celeon
Maybe it is time to remind China that internet connections work in both directions.
10:34 June 29, 2011 by freechoice
guess which country has the most internet users in the world?
11:44 June 29, 2011 by freechoice
yeah right! most german secrets can be accessed using computer and a internet!

must be an oversight!
14:07 June 29, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
...evidentlly, there were intelligent remarks or responses yesterday, regarding my cursory assessment of China's investment in Germany...and what it portends for the future...if Germany sells out to China...there will years of much lower wages, salaries and empoyee benefits in the future...

...the US and the "elites" who control all policies, have made this mistake...probably a good idea to learn from mistakes...just for the record...the US is about 20 trillion dollars in debt...China holds about 5 trillion in various US governmental bonds...besides waging war all over the world buy printing money, the US owes the China trillions...in return, 80 to 90- percent of stores in the US are stocked with Chinese merchandise...

...the same will happen to the Germany and the EU in general, if they sell out for short term "perceived" markets gains...
14:17 June 29, 2011 by freechoice
Crazy China, Willing to Spend on Rich Americans and Germans, but not willing to feed 700 hungry Chinese in China!!
14:28 June 29, 2011 by padu
Honestly I dont believe it was done by Chinese.

As a most hated communist country, China has received more attacks than any other countries. But have we heard them complaining?

I just think these cyber attacks were simply originated from USA where American army could go so low as to do something like it below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks
17:40 June 29, 2011 by trash head
Wat denn, wat denn, wat denn,

I thought we have now our new Cyber Defence Minister !

Cyberich I.
20:24 June 29, 2011 by Landmine
Cyber attack? Picture shows a command that command dumps a file into octal, decimal, and other formats....
22:10 June 29, 2011 by dcgi
lol at the photo ^_^
02:00 June 30, 2011 by thinwolf
I doubt whether German's public opinion is controled by politician,domestic and abroad.
09:34 June 30, 2011 by wood artist
@padu

The reason you don't hear the Chinese complaining is that their firewall prevents tinkering with social media sites to reach their people...because their people have very severe limits on their own access to social media.

On the other hand, China is well known for both copyright/trademark/patent piracy, often done by state-owned companies...and for industrial espionage throughout the rest of the world. If they're not complaining it's because they have invented very little that anyone else wants, and most digging would only find the secrets that they stole from you already.

Virtually every country with significant industrial research has had issues with China, and it's not going to change anytime soon.

wa
13:22 June 30, 2011 by freechoice
while big fat corporations get the big fat lard, peasants have to standby windows to get educated! simply disgusting!

http://www.chinasmack.com/2008/stories/little-girl-stands-outside-classroom-window-every-day.html
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