Washington DC – A Chinese government spokesman says his country wasn’t skilled enough to hack six Congressional computers. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang added that there was no evidence of an attack and urged the United States to not be ‘paranoid’.
Representatives Frank Wolf and Chris Smith, both critics of China’s human rights record, say six of their computers were hacked in the past two years. What’s interesting about Qin’s statement is that as recently as April, Chinese hacker groups were calling for denial of service attacks against major US sites. One group, the ‘Revenge of Flame’, had planned to launch a massive attack against CNN over what it perceived to be biased reporting over the Olympic Torch events. That group called off the attack after it lost the element of surprise.