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China's state-run broadcaster, CCTV, may have proven that the Chinese regime engages in cyber-warfare. The station aired a program in July that appears to show that the regime's military is actively involved in attacking dissident websites hosted overseas. The story made headlines yesterday... appearing in NTD's media partner, The Epoch Times.
The Chinese regime has long denied any involvement in cyber-attacks, but a recent program by state-run CCTV may prove otherwise. A mid-July segment about the Chinese military reveals a top military university is engaged in cyber-attacks against U.S.-based entities.
The telling footage may have been easily missed. It only lasts for several seconds as b-roll between 11:04 and 11:10 minutes.
It shows a custom-built software, apparently launching a cyber-attack through a compromised IP address belonging to a United States university. The targets are websites of Falun Gong—a spiritual practice persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party.
The footage shows that the Electrical Engineering University of China's People's Liberation Army built the software. It incorporates a list of Falun Gong websites appearing in a drop down list. The computer operator chooses Minghui.org
—one of Falun Gong's main websites hosted in the United States. The operator then clicks on "Attack," before the screen cuts away to another shot.
Others say the attacks show the Chinese regime's persecution of Falun Gong has an impact worldwide.
In July, cyber security company McAfee announced a "state-actor" has been carrying out an unprecedented campaign of cyber-espionage affecting dozens of organizations and governments around the world.
The Chinese regime has deflected accusations it's behind the attacks. This apparent CCTV slip up could be a blow to those denials.