As a follow-up to our previous issues with attempted hacking from China, other major companies such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are also being targeted.

The newspaper, which is the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, robustly rejected claims of probable state-sponsored hacking made last week by The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

“America keeps labelling China as hackers, simply playing up the rhetoric of the ‘China threat’ in cyberspace, providing new justification for America’s strategy of containing China,” the front page article said.

It added: “Even those with little understanding of the internet know that hacking attacks are transnational and concealable.

“IP addresses simply do not constitute sufficient evidence to confirm the origins of hackers.”

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both announced last week that they had been victims of extensive cyber attacks.

The methods used to hack computer systems and the ‘bouncing’ of information through servers around the world mean it is often impossible to precisely identify an attacker. 

This is what we refer to as using proxy servers. Hackers will use these to tunnel their efforts through countries like the Russian Federation and even servers in California to mask their true identity.

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