US security report calls China 'most threatening actor in cyberspace'
China is the most threatening actor in cyberspace, and the biggest threat to US cyber security, a new report by the American government has concluded.
According to the annual report to Congress of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, while it is still unknown who in China, specifically, is doing the hacking, technical gains are helping trackers trace cyberespionage "campaigns" back to the country.
"China's cyber capabilities provide Beijing with an increasingly potent tool to achieve national objectives," the report said.
"In a strategic framework that leans heavily on cyber espionage, a diverse set of Chinese hackers use pilfered information to advance political, economic, and security objectives," it added.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the report cited the example of China's new J-20 stealth fighter jet, which it said showed similarities with the US' Lockheed Martin F-22.
"The photos revived concerns that human, cyber, or other forms of espionage may have played a role in the J-20's development," the report said.
According to the paper, citing a study by Akamai Technologies, the congressional report suggested that 16 percent of Internet attacks worldwide originate in China, making it the world's top offender.
Another cited study, by a service provider named CloudFlare, notes that global Internet attacks declined by more than half on Oct. 1, 2011, China's national holiday, the paper said.