Pentagon accuses China of cyber attacks

2013-05-07 09:30
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Washington - The Pentagon for the first time is officially accusing the Chinese government and military with conducting computer-based attacks against the US, including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.

In a new report, the Defence Department goes a small step further than it has gone previously.

It has said before that cyber attacks originated in China and that Beijing may be using civilian experts in clandestine computer operations against American companies.

But over the past year some US government officials and private cyber security experts have stepped up accusations that the Chinese government appears to be directly involved in those cyber attacks.

In February, US-based cyber security firm, Mandiant, issued a report accusing a secret Chinese military unit in Shanghai of years of cyber attacks against more than 140 companies, most of them American.
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