Chinese State TV Deletes Video Showing Evidence of PLA's Hacking Efforts
August 30, 2011
Chinese state media has deleted a video from the Internet revealing telltale signs of the People Liberation Army's cyber attack efforts. Some foreign military and Internet security experts are saying the video indirectly exposes the Chinese regime's involvement in hacking attacks on US-based websites. Chinese state-run CCTV has deleted a video episode of the "Military Science and Technology" program from the Internet. The video, called The Internet Storm is Coming, is on cyber warfare. It explains different kinds of Internet attacks, including an onscreen demonstration on how to launch an attack. According to a New York Times report published on August 26th, foreign military and Internet security experts are saying the video reveals telltale signs of the People Liberation Army's cyber-attacks on US-based websites. The CCTV episode shows software launching a cyber-attack via an invalid IP address belonging to the University of Alabama. But web experts found the actual target on the onscreen pull-down menu is for American web sites of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice persecuted by the Chinese regime. The New York Times referred to a China SignPost online story by two military analysts, Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins. The writers question whether it's a simulated cyber-warfare demonstration or real hacking software and an actual cyber attack. According to New York Times, the writers say "It's significant that an official Chinese state television channel showed even a symbolic representation of a cyber-attack, particularly one on entities clearly located in a foreign sovereign nation." Chinese authorities have repeatedly denied any involvement in the hacking of US-based entities. The telling footage and CCTV deleting the video from the Internet seems to prove otherwise.
From The Wall Street Journal | May 16
From Associated Press | May 17