At the end of May, we covered a cyber security breach at the Pentagon, where military secrets were allegedly stolen by the Chinese. While the idea itself is terrifying, Chinese officials responded this week, saying that the new age of cyber espionage is a two-way street and the U.S. does not have clean hands.
Huang Chengqing, the director of the National Computer Network Emergency Response Team of China (CNCERT), is quoted in the Financial Times. He said that U.S. attacks are on the same level as those that his country is accused of committing.
"We have mountains of data, if we wanted to accuse the U.S., but it's not helpful in solving the problem," Chengqing said. "The importance of handling internet security cases keeps rising, but the issue can only be settled through communication, not confrontation."
This is not the first time that China has accused the U.S. of some form of cyber terrorism, but according to the article, this is the strongest language that Chinese officials have used. So far, the evidence has not been presented to the Chinese government and officials are calling for closed door meetings between the two groups to discuss these issues.
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