China to strengthen Internet security after U.S. spying report

BEIJING Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:53am EDT

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China will beef up its internet security after recent reports that the U.S. government spied on a major telecommunications firm, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

Reports that the U.S. National Security Agency infiltrated servers at the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co. "lay bare the United States's hypocrisy and despotic rule," ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng told a briefing.

"For a while now, some Americans have jabbered on and on, condemning Chinese hacking attacks," he said. "But the truth is that this is without any basis in fact, it's simply a thief crying 'Stop, thief!'"

The ministry did not say what steps would be taken to strengthen Internet security.

The White House has said that the U.S. does not spy to gain commercial advantage. Cyber-espionage has cast a shadow over China-U.S. ties, with each side accusing the other of spying.

On Saturday, The New York Times and German magazine Der Spiegel published articles on information about Huawei contained in classified documents given to journalists by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

In the same briefing, Geng warned the United States not to sell arms to Taiwan, which China sees as a rogue province. U.S. sales of weapons to the democratic and self-ruled island have long incensed Beijing.

He added that U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel would visit China April 7-10, a trip that would take in a People's Liberation Army academy.

U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April.

Asked about a mass stabbing at a train station in a southwestern city in March that left 29 dead and about 140 wounded, Geng said that the military was well prepared to "strike back at all kinds of violent terrorist activities".

(Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan and Li Hui; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Larry King)

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Comments (2)
Jocomus wrote:
China’s internet strategy is strictly offensive, they lack upbeat tech to play on the defense.

Mar 27, 2014 6:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
aunticcp wrote:
The Chinese Communist Party has more than a million of its comrades monitoring the internet because if it allowed its people to learn the truth concerning the millions of atrocities that it has committed since 1949, all the top leaders would either be executed or be put in prison.
The brutal Chinese Communist Party has murdered over fifty million of its own people since 1949, since 1999 it has been attempting the blood-thirsty genocide of the tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong who live in Mainland China. To this end, the heinous CCP is using torture, slavery, organ harvesting and murder. Because of corporate greed, these atrocities and millions of others have been kept from the Western people by the Western media. The weak United Nations even appointed the brutal CCP a seat on its Human Rights Council this year. Shameful. Thank you for your concern.

Mar 27, 2014 5:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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