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French embassy in Beijing 'under cyber-attack' after Nicolas Sarkozy meeting with Dalai Lama




French embassy in Beijing 'under cyber-attack' after Nicolas Sarkozy meeting with Dalai Lama
French embassy in Beijing 'under cyber-attack' after Nicolas Sarkozy meeting with Dalai Lama



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/3707778/French-embassy-in-Bejing-under-cyber-attack-after-Nicolas-Sarkozy-meeting-with-Dalai-Lama.html 

By Richard Spencer in Beijing
Telegraph.co.uk
11 Dec 2008

The authorities in Beijing issued a stern denunciation of the meeting 
last week, cancelled an EU-China summit and said trade with France might 
suffer.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry rejected any suggestion that the 
Chinese government might approve of the cyber-attack, reported to have 
made the embassy's website inaccessible for several days.

"From the perspective of the Chinese government, China is against the 
hacking of the websites of the embassies of other nations," its 
spokesman, Liu Jianchao, said.

"We have not seen any questions or concerns raised by France."

Nevertheless, relations between China and France remain at a low.

France has gone into diplomatic overdrive since the meeting to soothe 
China's hurt feelings.

Mr Sarkozy called China "one of the greats of the world" on Monday and 
stressed he supported "one China".

On Tuesday, his foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who was appointed in 
part due to his work on human rights, weighed in.

"We did not want to cause offence to China, to the Chinese people or to 
Chinese leaders," he told a French parliamentary committee.

The cyber-attack is believed to have taken the form of mass attempts to 
access the site simultaneously, largely at night, disabling the system.

There are numerous informal hacking groups in China, some of which are 
believed to operate for nationalistic purposes, including attempts to 
access Pentagon and European defence ministry websites.

Their relationship to the authorities and the People's Liberation Army 
is unclear, though any links are hotly denied by the government.

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