There has been no official comment from China to accusations that it has been behind an extended campaign of cyber attacks targeting dozens of global organisations, including the United Nations.
The US Security company McAfee, which uncovered the intrusions, says it believes the attacks were the work of one ‘state actor’, without naming it.
“We believe that it is a state-sponsored attack simply because of what kind of organisations were attacked, like the World Anti-Doping committee (Agency). That’s not a target that you could attack to gain any economic benefit from it,” said McAfee security strategist Toralv Dirro.
The report says hackers broke into the UN’s computer system in Geneva in 2008 and hid there for two years, quietly combing through secret data.
Over a five year period, several governments were allegedly hacked, including the US, India, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam.
Western security experts say the report shows that cyber warfare has reached alarming levels. Companies have been accused of being too complacent.
In a rare public comment, Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has called for more internationally shared information.