September 12, 2007
CHIASSO, Switzerland -- As France became the fourth country making claims that the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) in China is staging a concerted hacker attack on its government computer systems, Wabisabilabi, the online auction space for buyers and sellers of software vulnerabilities to conduct deals in a confidential manner, has pointed out how difficult it is to be 100% sure that the hackers really are operating under government control.
Recent newswire reports have suggested that the PLA is waging a hacker war against the government computer systems of Germany, the USA and the UK.
Earlier this week, Francis Delon, France's secretary general for national defence, said that his country's systems had been compromised and that the evidence pointed to China.
Giacomo Paoni, WSLabi's CTO, said that Delon is quoted as saying that the French have proof that there was hacker involvement with China, but added that he did not point the finger of suspicion specifically at the Chinese government.
One of the problems with tracing hacker attacks back to China intelligence agencies, he added, is that the country is famous for what is known as bulletproof hosting.
"Internet Service Providers offering Bulletproof hosting - aka bulk-friendly hosting -have a high degree of tolerance as to what actions their customers can carry out therefore they are usually used by attackers and spammers from all over the world as a good way to hide their tracks.”
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