Date
17 December 2017
Chinese government agencies reportedly have been told not to use Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system because of security concerns. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese government agencies reportedly have been told not to use Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system because of security concerns. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing: US hackers responsible for 57,000 China attacks

China is pushing back against espionage charges by the United States, saying US-based hackers have been responsible for tens of thousands of attacks on Chinese websites.

Beijing vowed to retaliate if the attacks continue, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

On Monday, Beijing summoned US Ambassador Max Baucus after federal prosecutors indicted five Chinese military officers for hacking and cyber spying on US companies.

The China Internet Network Information Center, which administers China’s internet affairs, said US-based servers control 1.18 million websites in the mainland. More than 57,000 attacks have been launched against 1,754 Chinese websites from 2,016 IP addresses in the US in the past two months.

Meanwhile, the government has directed government agencies to avoid Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, the report said.

No reason was given but industry sources said officials are worried about too much control of cloud computing services by Microsoft which could lead to leaks of sensitive information.

Also, Microsoft has yet to reveal its Windows 8 source code to the Chinese government.

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