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US accuses Chinese officials of cyberspying

2014-05-20 11:19 by


The US Justice Department accused five Chinese military officers of stealing data from six US companies and unions on Monday, inaugurating a major escalation of tensions with China over economic spycraft. Some of the companies who were hacked included US Steel Corp, United Steel Workers Union, Westinghouse, Alcoa, SolarWorld and Allegheny Technologies.

The indictment alleging economic espionage and theft of trade secrets marked the first such case brought against foreign government officials, and was seen by some analysts as symbolically important.

In response, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang described the US move as "based on fabricated facts" and "grossly violates the basic norms governing international relations and jeopardizes China-US cooperation and mutual trust".

"The Chinese government, the Chinese military and their relevant personnel have never engaged or participated in cyber theft of trade secrets," Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang said in a statement. "The U.S. accusation against Chinese personnel is purely ungrounded and absurd."

"For a long time, American authorities have conducted large-scale, organized cyber-theft and cyber-espionage activities against foreign dignitaries, companies and individuals," he added. "This is already common knowledge."

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