21 people died in the earthquake in southwest Sichuan province

At 12:52 pm on Monday, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Luding County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. So far, the disaster has resulted in 21 deaths.

Seven people died in Luding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and 14 others died in Shimian County, Ya’an City.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered rescue efforts to reduce the number of casualties following the disaster and said saving lives is the priority.

The epicenter was located at 29.59 degrees north latitude and 102.08 degrees east longitude, at a depth of 16 km, according to the China Earthquake Network Center.

Espionage: US hacked China 10,000 times and stole 140 GB of sensitive data

CFP – NSA has carried out more than 10,000 cyber attacks on China in recent years.

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has carried out more than 10,000 cyberattacks against China in recent years. In addition, the US government agency is believed to have stolen 140 gigabytes of valuable data.

The complaint is part of a joint research report released by the National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center (CVERC) and cyber security company Qihoo 360 Technology.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China responded to the document’s reports. In a press conference on Monday (5), the spokesperson of the ministry, Mao Ning, said that China strongly condemned such actions. He added that the US side will immediately stop the cyberattacks.

“China is willing to work with the international community to protect the Internet,” Mao said.

The investigation concluded in the report released on Monday was initiated after Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), a Chinese aerospace company, was reported to have been hacked in April of this year. Researchers have investigated cyberattacks against the NSA’s Adapted Access Operations Office (TAO).

“NPU was targeted because many of the country’s top talents work there,” the deputy head of the local police department, Jin Qi, told China Media Group (CMG). “Many research projects at the national level are conducted there,” he pointed out.

The investigation found that 13 people directly issued cyberattacks, with more than 60 contracts signed to cover the abuses.

“They use the internet first,” explains Qihoo 360 internet security company Bian Liang. “Then they create custom tools to target the specific site.”

Hackers used 41 tools to breach firewalls, plant remote-controlled gateways, steal sensitive data and erase traces of it.

“There are four stages of installation,” said CVRC senior engineer Du Zhenhua. “Break in, establish long-term control, continue to steal data and after everything is done, clean up the environment,” he said.

They also tried to hide the real location and identity using so-called “hop servers”. There were 54 hop stations that were monitored by the researchers, spread over 17 countries such as Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Poland and Ukraine.

The IP addresses used to host the hop servers are 209.59.36.*, 69.165.54.*, 207.195.240.* and 209.118.143.*.

One of the flying servers was a “zombie computer” hacked by the NSA without the owners’ knowledge. Hackers first introduced two “zero-day” vulnerabilities in the Solaris operating system developed by Sun Microsystems, now part of the US technology giant Oracle Corporation.

The NSA tried to hide its identity by buying assets anonymously or through fictitious companies such as Jackson Smith Consultants and Mueller Diversified Systems. But the researchers were able to find the real information.

“When we can anticipate the attacks, we can stop them, find the source and fix the breaches,” said Qihoo 360 founder Zhou Hongyi.

The researchers said they will reveal more details of US hacking and spying techniques in the future.

China announces annual cybersecurity campaign

CFP – The 2022 China Cybersecurity Week was launched in China this Monday (5).

China Cybersecurity Week 2022, a government campaign to increase public awareness of cybersecurity, began on Monday (5). The opening ceremony, which will continue until September 11, was held in Hefei City, East China’s Anhui Province.

With the theme “Cybersecurity for the people and by the people”, the event is a joint effort of 10 Chinese government agencies, including the Chinese Cyberspace Administration and the Ministries of Education and Public Security.

The campaign will focus on automotive data security, artificial intelligence, privacy protection, cybersecurity standards and hardware development.

Other related events will also be organized in communities, campuses, villages and businesses to help increase people’s awareness of cybersecurity.

This Sunday (4), as part of the campaign, a cybersecurity exhibition was held, which brought together about 60 companies that showed China’s achievements in the independent implementation of basic technology in the cybersecurity and the experience of traditional businesses in adopting cybersecurity.

The first Cyber ​​Security Week was held in 2014.

China’s central bank to cut reserve requirements

The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, announced on Monday (5) the decision to reduce the foreign exchange rate by 200 basis points from September 15. The cut is intended to improve the capital capacity of financial institutions.

China’s service sector expansion slowed in August

CFP – Customers wait to enter a restaurant in Shanghai, China (19/7/22)

Growth in China’s services sector slowed in August from a 15-month high in July. On the other hand, it maintains a strong trend of growth and recovery after the wave of Covid-19 cases. The data was presented by a study carried out by S&P Global and released this Monday (5).

According to survey data, Caixin China’s General Services PMI – an index that provides an update on the country’s service industry – fell 0.5 percent to 55 in August. The result was similar to movements in the official PMI indicator released last week. The 50-point mark on the index separates growth from contraction.

The survey found that the increase in consumer demand and the increase in new jobs boosted the economy in August as margins from the virus continued to rise. The data also showed that domestic demand was greater than export and increased new orders.

Optimism among Chinese service providers has reached a multi-month high, supporting future business expansion and new product launches, the report said. research.

China Fashion Week 2023 Spring-Summer begins in Beijing

Xinhua – Xiong Ying’s performance during the opening of CFW 2023 in Beijing (4/9/22)

The Chinese fashion week, China Fashion Week (CFW) 2023, began with the presentation of the Spring-Summer collections, this Sunday (4) in the Chinese capital, Beijing.

Created in 1997, CFW is held twice a year and features art exhibitions, industry competitions, exhibitions, conferences, industry reviews, and other activities.

For over 25 years, Chinese Fashion Week has established itself as the leading platform for fashion design, ready-to-wear, fashion, trends and new designs and technologies in China. It is also a world-renowned platform for promoting brands and showcasing originality and delivery methods.

With information from CGTN and Xinhua

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