Washington: China has dismissed claims that its military was behind massive hacking attacks on US and other foreign targets.
China`s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi described the claims as a politically motivated smear campaign, and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet.
The claims were made in a widely endorsed report last month by US cybersecurity firm Mandiant, which traced hacking attacks to a Chinese military unit based in Shanghai.
According to Huffington Post, Jiechi said that ‘anyone who tries to fabricate or piece together a sensational story to serve their political motive will not be able to blacken the name of others or whitewash themselves.’
He said that China hopes ‘the relevant parties will stop irresponsible attacks or accusations.’
The minister also stressed that as a major target for hacking attacks, China supports international regulations under the United Nations to keep the Internet peaceful, free and secure.
Mandiant`s report said that Chinese military-backed cyberspies infiltrated overseas networks and stole massive amounts of data from U.S. companies and other entities.