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China-linked Cyberspies hacked government offices on several continents, security researchers say

Posted by Author on April 6, 2010


By JOHN MARKOFF and DAVID BARBOZA, New York Times, April 5, 2010-

TORONTO — Turning the tables on a China-based computer espionage gang, Canadian and United States computer security researchers have monitored a spying operation for the past eight months, observing while the intruders pilfered classified and restricted documents from the highest levels of the Indian Defense Ministry.

In a report issued Monday night, the researchers, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, provide a detailed account of how a spy operation it called the Shadow Network systematically hacked into personal computers in government offices on several continents.

The Toronto spy hunters not only learned what kinds of material had been stolen, but were able to see some of the documents, including classified assessments about security in several Indian states, and confidential embassy documents about India’s relationships in West Africa, Russia and the Middle East. The intruders breached the systems of independent analysts, taking reports on several Indian missile systems. They also obtained a year’s worth of the Dalai Lama’s personal e-mail messages.

The intruders even stole documents related to the travel of NATO forces in Afghanistan, illustrating that even though the Indian government was the primary target of the attacks, one chink in computer security can leave many nations exposed.

“It’s not only that you’re only secure as the weakest link in your network,” said Rafal Rohozinski, a member of the Toronto team. “But in an interconnected world, you’re only as secure as the weakest link in the global chain of information.”

As recently as early March, the Indian communications minister, Sachin Pilot, told reporters that government networks had been attacked by China, but that “not one attempt has been successful.” But on March 24, the Toronto researchers said, they contacted intelligence officials in India and told them of the spy ring they had been tracking. They requested and were given instructions on how to dispose of the classified and restricted documents.

Location of Sichuan, China

On Monday, Sitanshu Kar, a spokesman for the Indian Defense Ministry, said officials were “looking into” the report, but had no official statement.

The attacks look like the work of a criminal gang based in Sichuan Province, but as with all cyberattacks, it is easy to mask the true origin, the researchers said. Given the sophistication of the intruders and the targets of the operation, the researchers said, it is possible that the Chinese government approved of the spying. …… (more details from New York Times)

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India bans toy imports from China, gives no reason

Posted by Author on January 24, 2009


Reuters, Jan 23, 2009 –

NEW DELHI, Jan 23 (Reuters) – India on Friday banned imports of several types of toys from China for six months without saying why, a move that pleased local manufacturers but shocked importers.

A government statement issued late on Friday did not give details but industry officials said the order would ban imports of almost all toys from China.

The government said in a statement it had banned imports for six months with immediate effect in the public interest.

The Toy Association of India’s president, Raj Kumar, said the ban would severely hit imports of Chinese toys, but Indian authorities had likely taken the step in the interest of the economy.

“You see Chinese toys everywhere. The good, upper-end toys are made in India, but the cheap toys in the street and small shops were being dominated by them. They are bringing in toys without safety norms,” he said……. (more details from Reuters)

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China Toys Toxic, Says India Health Ministry

Posted by Author on September 1, 2007


Times of India, 1 Sep 2007-

NEW DELHI: The health ministry has confirmed that several Chinese toys being sold in the market are highly toxic as they contain high levels of heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, and were, therefore, harmful to children.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha to a question by film star and former Union health minister Shatrughan Sinha, minister of state for health Panabaka Lakshmi confirmed reports appearing in newspapers about toxic toys from China.

She said, “according to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), NGO Toxics Link had conducted a study in 2006 which examined toys from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, and reported high levels of cadmium and lead in PVC used in soft toys.”

She said that most of the toys in Chennai and Mumbai were being imported from China. Lead is a known neuro and hamatological toxin which can lead to delayed development and lower IQ in children. Cadmium is one of the heavy metals which has its primary effect on kidneys.

The minister said that as regards safety requirement for toys, the Bureau of Indian Standards has published three standards.

– Original report from Times of India : Chinese toys toxic, says health ministry

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Japan omits China, asks Asian Democracies to Unite

Posted by Author on August 23, 2007


Reuters, Via Yahoo News, August 22, 2007-

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Wednesday for a “broader Asia” partnership of democracies that would include India, the United States and Australia but leave out the region’s superpower, China.

Abe’s comments came in an address to a joint session of India’s parliament, at the start of a high-profile visit that aims to boost trade between Asia’s largest and third largest economies and counter China’s growing strength.

About 200 businessmen are accompanying Abe on the visit.

“This partnership is an association in which we share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy and respect for basic human rights as well as strategic interests,” Abe told lawmakers and diplomats in a speech that did not name China.

“By Japan and India coming together in this way, this ‘broader Asia’ will evolve into an immense network spanning the entirety of the Pacific Ocean, incorporating the United States of America and Australia.”

While Abe has improved ties with China, which had frayed under his predecessor, he has also stressed the need to forge closer links with democracies in what analysts have said was a tacit criticism of Beijing.

Tokyo has sought to build closer security ties with the United States, Australia and India, and its navy is due to take part for the first time in joint U.S.-India exercises to be held in the Bay of Bengal next month.

But in a sign that New Delhi was keen not to upset China — which is likely to soon be its biggest trade partner — Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon warned on Monday against a “zero sum game” with Beijing.

The trip, however, was not just about politics.

India was using the visit to woo much-needed investment to build infrastructure projects from transport to nuclear power.

The sheer size of the Japanese business delegation — outstripping a recent Abe trip to the Middle East — testified to the importance of business ties…… ( more details from Reuters via Yahoo News)

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Video footage shows Tibetans shot in the back by China soldiers

Posted by Author on October 13, 2006


Video updated on Aug. 22, 2007-

Olympic host China -Their Soldiers Killing Innocent Tibetans

International Campaign for Tibet, October 13th, 2006-

Video footage that can be seen online of shootings of Tibetans by Chinese border police on September 30 refutes official claims that the troops fired on the group of Tibetans crossing the Nangpa Pass to Nepal “in self-defence”.

The video footage, taken by a Romanian cameraman who was at advance base camp on Mount Cho Oyo at the time (www.protv.ro), depicts a line of Tibetans walking uphill through the snow on the pass when a shot is heard and one of the figures falls to the ground. The video clearly depicts that the Tibetans had their backs to the soldiers, were unarmed, and offered no resistance. The nun, Kelsang Namtso, appears to have been shot in the back.

In an unusual official account of the incident, China said that Chinese frontier soldiers tried to persuade the group of Tibetan “stowaways” to go home, but the Tibetans refused and “attacked the soldiers”, who were then “forced to defend themselves”. (People’s Daily, October 13, and Xinhua, October 12). The Chinese official account does acknowledge one death, but says that it was from altitude sickness. On the same day that the official account was released, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao denied knowledge of the incident.

Mary Beth Markey, Executive Director of the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “The Chinese Xinhua statement belongs in the realm of fiction given the evidence confirmed in this powerful footage. It is deplorable that the People’s Armed Police act as if shooting Tibetans crossing into Nepal is a legitimate expression of their authority. ICT demands a full accounting by the Chinese government, and assurances of the safety of the children now apparently in the custody of the Chinese military.”

During the shooting, a mountaineer in the cameraman’s group can be heard saying: “They are shooting them like dogs.” Sergiu Matei, a cameraman from Romania who was on his first climbing trip to Cho Oyu, west of Mount Everest and near the border with Nepal, told ICT that he and his group saw the line of Tibetans snaking up the pass, and ten or more soldiers near advance base camp opening fire. “We saw one person falling down, and they didn’t get up. This must have been the nun who died. We saw another person fall down too, but later they got up – maybe this person was injured.”

Sergei Matei, who returned to Bucharest from the Himalayas yesterday, also helped a Tibetan from one of the groups escaping to Nepal across the Nangpa Pass when he found him hidden in a toilet tent at advance base camp. He said: “He was terrified and shaking. I couldn’t think of what to say so I asked him if he was going to see the Dalai Lama, and when he heard those words he put his hands together in prayer. We hid him in the mess tent for several hours and when it seemed to be safe, I took him back onto the pass.”

A Czech climbing expedition leader, who also witnessed the shooting, Josef Simunek, told ICT: “We felt as though it was 20 years ago in our country in the Communist time, when Czech soldiers killed Czech citizens in their escape over the ‘Iron Curtain’.”

Reports: Image of nun’s body in snow at Nangpa Pass

http://www.savetibet.org/news/newsitem.php?id=1038

Tibetan children in Chinese custody after shooting at Nangpa Pass

http://www.savetibet.org/news/newsitem.php?id=1037

Tibetan nun shot dead; other Tibetans feared killed on way to Nepal

http://www.savetibet.org/news/newsitem.php?id=1036

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