Pentagon Report on Cyber Attack ’Irresponsible,’ Xinhua Says

A Pentagon report that accuses China of a cyber espionage campaign is irresponsible and harmful to the mutual trust, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing a military researcher.

The Pentagon report said the Chinese military has targeted U.S. government computers with intrusions that seek sensitive data. It was irresponsible for the Pentagon to make such an assertion as the Chinese government and armed forces have never sanctioned hacking activities, Xinhua cited Wang Xinjun as saying. Wang is a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“It is an allegation based on presupposition,” Wang said, according to Xinhua. “The groundless accusations reflect the U.S. distrust of China.”

Both China and the U.S. are victims of cyber crimes and should work together to tackle the problem, Wang said, according to the report.

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