China claims 80 per cent of its government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most assaults launched from the US.Top Chinese Internet regulator Lu Wei, head of the State Internet Information Office, condemned the use of “superior technology to attack or steal secrets”, but he described US-China dialogue on cyber-security as “unhindered”, less than a week after the talks appeared to have stalled.
Chinese state councillor Yang Jiechi told US Secretary of State John Kerry this month that resuming cybersecurity cooperation between China and the United State would be difficult because of “mistaken US practices”.
Cooperation between Washington and Beijing on fighting cybercrime ground to halt earlier this year after the US Justice Department charged five Chinese military personnel with hacking US companies to steal trade secrets.
Chinese officials have stepped up their counter-accusations of US government hacking since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden claimed the United States had broken into networks and servers in China and Hong Kong.
As to China’s internet restrictions, Mr Lu took a position, common for Chinese officials, who do not publicly confirm the existence of wide-ranging censorship popularly known as the “great firewall”.