The Chinese aren't the only ones denying responsibility for the cyberattacks on The New York Times. Symantec begs to differ with the newspaper's suggestion that it might be partially to blame for a security lapse that missed most of the intrusions.
The Times reported Thursday that Chinese hackers — possibly in the military — were to blame for repeated attacks on the media company's computer systems. But the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei denied the claims, calling them "groundless."
The Times said: "Over the course of three months, attackers installed 45 pieces of custom malware. The Times — which uses antivirus products made by Symantec — found only one instance in which Symantec identified an attacker's software as malicious and quarantined it, according to Mandiant." Mandiant is the computer security firm that traced the intrusions to China.