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China denies cyberattacks on U.S. power grid

By Owen Fletcher
April 9, 2009 12:00 PM ET

IDG News Service - China denied Thursday involvement in malware attacks designed to shut down the U.S. electrical grid in a time of war.

"The incident of attacks on the U.S. electrical grid from China and Russia simply does not exist," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters, according to a transcript of the briefing.

"We hope the concerned media will cautiously handle groundless statements and especially critiques against China."

Widespread intrusions by cyberspies in countries, including China and Russia, have infected the U.S. power grid with software that could be used to halt its operation, a Wall Street Journal report said this week, citing unnamed U.S. national security officials.

The newest allegations of Chinese cyberespionage follow long-standing concern that a coordinated attack on the U.S. power grid could cripple its operation.

China produces the majority of the world's malware, but part of it could come from attackers in other countries, who often hide behind Chinese IP addresses.

Reprinted with permission from IDG.net. Story copyright 2014 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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