Six-second clip could be a proof that China has been involved in cyber warfare for over 10 years
US security analysts have said that a video allegedly showing army-labelled software designed to attack websites in the US was screened on China’s state broadcaster CCTV.
CCTV, which has shown misleading and bogus footage in the past, has not commented on the matter so far.
The US security experts say that if the six-second clip is genuine, it could be a proof that China has been involved in cyber warfare for over 10 years, according to The Guardian.
According to the report, CCTV showed the clip as part of a cybersecurity documentary screened on its military channel last month.
However, the broadcaster quickly removed it from its website after US security analysts wrote about it.
The Guardian quoted Dr Andrew Erickson, an associate professor at the US Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute, and Gabe Collins, a commodity and security specialist: "It appeared to show dated computer screenshots of a Chinese military institute conducting a rudimentary type of cyber-attack against a United States-based dissident entity.
"However modest, ambiguous – and, from China’s perspective, defensive – this is possibly the first direct piece of visual evidence from an official Chinese government source to undermine Beijing’s official claims never to engage in overseas hacking of any kind for government purposes."
China insists that the country is itself a victim of hack attacks.
Recently, China said that 500,000 cyberattacks targeted it last year, with nearly 25% of Trojans traced to US and India.
Earlier this month, the country slammed a report by computer security company McAfee, suggesting that China was a behind a massive cyber espionage.
McAfee had claimed to have uncovered a major cyber snoop on the networks of governments, organisations and businesses.
The company did not name China and had said that a "state actor" was behind the attacks.
However, some analysts said it is likely that China is behind the cyber espionage dubbed ‘Operation Shady RAT’ by McAfee.
Vanity Fair, who originally broke the story, quoted James A. Lewis, director and senior fellow of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as saying: "All the signs point to China. Who else spies on Taiwan?"
Reacting to the report, the Chinese government’s mouthpiece the People’s Daily slammed such speculations, saying, "Linking China to Internet hacking attacks is irresponsible."
"The McAfee report claims that a ‘state actor’ engaged in hacking for a large-scale Internet espionage operation, but its analysis clearly does not stand up to scrutiny."
"In fact, as hacking attacks against internationally renowned companies or international organisations have increased this year, some Western media have repeatedly described China as ‘the black hand behind the scenes’."