China has continued to come under ‘severe' cyber threats over the last 12 months, with a rise in attacks of 15 per cent.
According to Xinhuanet, a report from the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team Coordination Center (CNCERT) claimed that in 2012 the nation saw attacks rise by 15 per cent from 6.1 per cent or 21.4 per cent year on year. It also said that hackers tampered with 16,388 Chinese web pages, which included 1,802 government websites from 73,000 overseas IP addresses.
CNCERT said it monitored 22,308 phishing websites targeting China's online population last year, with 96.2 per cent of the phishing websites running on foreign severs. It said that US-based sites account for 83.2 per cent of them.
China has consistently said that it opposes any form of cyber attack and hacking, and last week foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that it would like to discuss the issue with the Unites States.
A year ago, China said that it is the world's biggest victim of cyber attacks, with the National Computer Network Emergency Response Co-ordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC) saying that 47,000 overseas IP addresses were involved in attacks against 8.9 million Chinese computers last year.
The APT1 report from Mandiant showed the level of sophistication of state-sponsored hacking that it had uncovered, although this report was criticised for revealing too much information, and praised for its sharing of information.