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Stop China-bashing in cyberspace | Updated: 2013-02-06 21:51

The New York Times, Dow Jones and the Washington Post said recently that they were attacked by Chinese hackers. However, many industry observers say that the United States is a major hub for hackers around the world and that China is the largest victim of hacker attacks in the world, said an article in the Guangzhou Daily. Excerpts:

China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Coordination Center said that about 7.8 million computers in China were attacked by 27,900 IP addresses in other countries in the first half of last year. Most of the attacks were from the US.

An IP, or Internet Protocol address, is a unique number assigned to each computer on the Web.

To blame China for the attacks on the US media before investigations find the real attackers is an arbitrary assertion.

China is not only being portrayed as a real-life threat to the world by US media but is also being gradually depicted as a new threat in cyberspace.

After US media sensationalized China's alleged threat on the Web, it was reported that President Barack Obama will likely get bigger powers to launch preemptive attacks on the Internet and the US Department of Defense will increase the staff size of its network technology departments five times.

It is an old trick used by US media and politicians: China always becomes the scapegoat to create an environment that is favorable for US politicians to persuade the public to support their new policies.

The US is the superpower and leading force in the cyberspace. If the US adopts open and constructive attitudes and engages in global cooperation to boost cyberspace security, the US will protect itself better.

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