China’s defense ministry claims recent accusations against one of its military units as being behind many cyber attacks on U.S. companies and agencies lacks technical proof and is unreliable, Reuters reports.
The ministry claims computer security firm Mandiant‘s recent report on the hackings only relied on linking Internet Protocol addresses to conclude the hacks came out of China, Blen Blanchard writes..
Mandiant traced the hackings to IP addresses in the same neighborhood as a building home to the People’s Liberation Army’s Shanghai-based Unit 61398.
Hackers routinely unsurp IP addresses to carry out attacks, the ministry said, according to Reuters.
No universal definition of what a hack is exists and that Mandiant does not have legal evidence that daily gathering of online information is spying, according to the defense ministry.
China found a large number of hacking attacks from the U.S. but does not use that evidence to criticize the U.S., the ministry said.
Blanchard writes a Communist Party-affiliated tabloid advocated China be more active in publicly complaining about hackings.