There’s more news from the China front today, but this tidbit is a little more sinister than a dry piece on PC sales numbers. For a long time, the Chinese government has been rumored to be the hidden hand behind cyber attacks across the world. They’ve always denied any wrongdoing. But now, it appears that a Chinese military propaganda documentary has inadvertently (or not) tipped China’s hand and shown proof of the nation’s role in hack attacks.
The military documentary aired in mid-July, according to Geek.com and the Epoch Times. The footage in question lasts approximately six seconds. It seems to show a piece of custom software whipped up by the Electrical Engineering University of China’s People’s Liberation Army being used to conduct an attack against Minghui.org, a website maintained by the Falun Gong spiritual group. China’s government has repeatedly cracked down on the organization in the past. Minghui.org was selected from a drop-down menu titled “Choose Attack Target” that contained a list called “Falun Gong website list.”
As if that weren’t damning enough, the attack is carried out against a US-based IP address, which is clearly visible in the video. The IP address, 18.104.22.168, belongs to the University of Alabama at Birmingham – a US school. After the IP address and attack target are entered, a big button labeled “Attack” is clicked before the screen fades away.