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The world’s biggest internet spy is playing cop

2014-05-26 15:10 People's Daily Online Web Editor: Wang Fan

Since the US Department of Justice announced indictments against 5 Chinese military officers, some US media have reported that the US is conducting spying operations not confined to national security. The claims are based on secret documents leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

According to a Wall Street Journal report on May 19, Cisco chief John Chambers complained to President Obama about the National Security Agency's interception of US-made networking hardware on the way to foreign customers, in order to install modifications to allow NSA snooping. He urged President Obama to stop surveillance operations immediately.

The US has attracted vehement condemnation and suffered immense political and diplomatic fallout from outraged victims of US cyber surveillance.

Experts from several communities think that the groundless US accusations about China are intended to distract attention from its internet snooping and ease pressure from the international community. The US surveillance is a kind of cyber hegemony. It is ridiculous to see it levelling accusations at others instead of engaging in some introspection cirected towards its own activities.

Regarding cyber security, the US can be considered to be the world's biggest eavesdropper and the biggest attacker of China's cyber space. For a long time, the US has launched large-scale surveillance and cyber attacks targeted at the Chinese government, and at its institutions, companies, universities, etc.

According to recent statistics, from March 19 to May 18 this year 135 computers in the US carrying 563 phishing pages targetting Chinese websites, that lead to 14,000 phishing operations. 2016 IP addresses in the US are involved in 57,000 backdoor attacks. All the facts indicate that it is the US that is committing cyber crimes against China.

The longtime US cyber theft of secrets from numerous nations is an indisputable truth. The accusations against Chinese officials, behind which there is certainly some hidden agenda, is an attempt to damage China's image so as to distract international attention from US cyber snooping. America's conduct is rife with hypocrisy.

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