China accidently leaks Cyber Warfare software, US IP addresses being exploited

It has been widely believed that China has been behind many cyber attacks in the past but there was little evidence to support those claims. While the country has always refuted these remarks, an accidental leak reveals that they are engaging in cyber warfare and routing it through US IP addresses.

The information comes from thepochtimes.com and shows a screen cap from a video that clearly shows the software. The writing at the top of the box states “Select Attack Target” and the scroll windows allows the individual to select an IP address to attack from. The Chinese are using US based IP address to commit cyber warfare.

The software was built by the Electrical Engineering University of China's People's Liberation Army. In the video, the user selects the IP 138.26.72.17 which happens to belong to the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The source states:

The screenshots appear as B-roll footage in the documentary for six seconds—between 11:04 and 11:10 minutes—showing custom-built Chinese software apparently launching a cyber-attack against the main website of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, by using a compromised IP address belonging to a United States university.

This information surfaced in what was supposed to be a standard propaganda based military video that praised the Chinese and bashed the US.

It has been widely believed for some time that the Chinese were working on cyber warfare software, but this is the first direct evidence that they are using it against the United States. China has not commented on this leak. 

Image Credit: The Epoch Times

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zikalify said,
So this is 100% real? Or have the US govt just opened an app in chinese to start a cyber war... wouldn't surprise me

I'd expect any developed nation to have invested significantly in cyber-warfare, and fake or not, I'd bet China is doing it, just like the US, the UK, the Israelies, the Indians, the Pakistanis...

zikalify said,
So this is 100% real? Or have the US govt just opened an app in chinese to start a cyber war... wouldn't surprise me

"This information surfaced in what was supposed to be a standard propaganda based military video that praised the Chinese and bashed the US."

Yes. I'm sure the US government decided publish a military video in China that bashed themselves and praised China.

Ninja Grinch said,

"This information surfaced in what was supposed to be a standard propaganda based military video that praised the Chinese and bashed the US."

Yes. I'm sure the US government decided publish a military video in China that bashed themselves and praised China.

You clearly have no understanding of the words "propaganda" and "manipulation"...

zikalify said,
So this is 100% real? Or have the US govt just opened an app in chinese to start a cyber war... wouldn't surprise me

Nope. China would never put down the US. The US clearly always has to try and make other countries look bad because they're the only government that's up to no good.

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Trueblue711 said,

Nope. China would never put down the US. The US clearly always has to try and make other countries look bad because they're the only government that's up to no good.

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haha. google GhostNet.

spacer said,
So...why don't we just disconnect China from the interwebs?

partially because behind the Great Firewall, china IS diesconnected from the Interwebz (notice, it's capitalized ^_^_^_^), and it would be pretty hard for us to do it....unless of course we had our cyberwarefare team on it

It would be easy to disconnect China if the US really wanted to. Would look really bad though. Trust me, the US can easily control the root servers if need be.

spacer said,
So...why don't we just disconnect China from the interwebs?

Afraid maybe?
According to wikipedia "In April 2009, reports surfaced that China and Russia had infiltrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national security officials. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has issued a public notice that warns that the electrical grid is not adequately protected from cyber attack. Massive power outages caused by a cyber attack, could disrupt the economy, distract from a simultaneous military attack, or create a national trauma."

So this is all just old news

A few thoughts.

-This is likely no different from the US Cyber Command.
-China has actually already announced the creation of its own cyber warfare unit around May this year, so this is hardly an "Accidental" revelation.
-Everyone knows that even before the official creation of such departments, every nation capable of engaging in cyber warfare was already doing it.

Seetheworldsecond said,
I consider this an act of war, we should conduct a preemptive strike.
Should have done that decades ago and whipped them off the map, for forever!

China is like a ****ing bubble that will implode like the USSR in the near future. They don't respect copyrights, human rights, nothing. Cheap labor, unfair to other economies. I'll be happy to see that country come to its knees.
Anon, lulzsec and others, what are you waiting to hack their systems?

kavi14 said,
China is like a ****ing bubble that will implode like the USSR in the near future. They don't respect copyrights, human rights, nothing. Cheap labor, unfair to other economies. I'll be happy to see that country come to its knees.
Anon, lulzsec and others, what are you waiting to hack their systems?

Lulzsec merged into Anonymous, and Anonymous is losing its focus from what I've seen. Their various twitter pages have been contradicting one another and everything. That's what you get without any semblance of defined leadership, people do whatever in the world they want, and it all eventually collapses into chaos.

kavi14 said,
China is like a ****ing bubble that will implode like the USSR in the near future. They don't respect copyrights, human rights, nothing. Cheap labor, unfair to other economies. I'll be happy to see that country come to its knees.
Anon, lulzsec and others, what are you waiting to hack their systems?

They probably won't do that...first, they approve of cyber warfare against governments, second, they don't have the guts to attack China, as the payback will be way sinister...

Very interesting! University of Alabama bases belong to China. Wonderful! Owned!

I knew there was something fishy going on there!!

gzAsher said,
Can't wait for China to start doing test runs. Start with Facebook plz.

I'll drink to that (not actually a facebook hater, just for the lulz

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