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Chinese reject cyber attacks charge

Claims that Beijing might be behind global cyber attacks over the past five years have been rejected by the ruling Communist Party's flagship newspaper People's Daily.

The paper said it was "irresponsible" to link China with internet hacking attacks reported by computer security firm McAfee.

McAfee's report said the attacks have targeted a broad range of organisations, including the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and companies mostly in the United States.

Some experts said the targets of the attacks suggested that China was a prime suspect. McAfee did not say who may be behind the attacks but said the culprit is likely to be a nation state, a claim the Chinese newspaper criticised.

"McAfee's new report alleges that 'a government' carried out a large-scale internet espionage hacking action but its analysis of the justification is obviously groundless," the People's Daily said.

The newspaper said China is often accused of being the perpetrator of cyber attacks.

The newspaper seemed to imply that the United States was a more likely culprit, pointing to media reports that the US government openly recruits hackers - sending officials from the Department of Defence, Homeland Security, Nasa and the National Security Agency to hacker conferences.

The McAfee report comes shortly after South Korean officials said that a hacking attack allegedly originating in China resulted in the theft of the personal information of about 35 million internet users there.

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