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Internet Scientist Says, You Can't Hack Data From Militaries. Then Who Did and How?


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An acclaimed Internet scientist in China has said that there is no way hackers could access top-secret data by penetrating the firewalls of military or government networks. Former National Computer Network Emergency response team's Director Professor Fang Binxing said there is no scientific basis to blame either China's military or the government for hacking other nations' networks because most of them are "out of reach."

Networks containing sensitive intelligence are impenetrable, because the militaries isolate their networks completely from the public domain to prevent hacking, an Internet security specialist said. "The U.S. military is picking on China," Fang Binxing said.

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