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The Chinese government on Thursday denied it had played a role and said China was often a victim of hacking itself.
“We have always advocated that the international community should jointly safeguard the security of cyberspace through dialogue and cooperation,” Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, said during a daily news briefing. Ip, the chat room organizer, whom they saw as a ringleader.
It described the heavy traffic as a DDo S attack, in which servers are overrun with requests from a coordinated network of computers. Durov said the attack’s scale was consistent with a state actor.
One message that then spread over the Whats App chat service included malware, disguised as an app, that appeared to be for eavesdropping on Occupy organizers.
In mainland China, security forces track chat messages, arrest dissidents before protests even occur, and are increasingly detaining people over posts critical of the government.