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Friday, June 5, 2015, 16:14

China flays US data breach insinuation

By Agencies

WASHINGTON - The Chinese Embassy in Washington, responding to unfounded reports that China was behind a massive cyberattack on US government computers, said on Thursday that jumping to conclusions was "not responsible, and counterproductive."

Embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said China had made great efforts to combat cyberattacks and that tracking such events conducted across borders was difficult.

"Jumping to conclusions and making hypothetical accusation is not responsible, and counterproductive," Zhu said in emailed comments to Reuters.

In Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said on Friday comments by the United States linking China to hacking attacks were irresponsible.

Hackers broke into US government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees, and investigators had started a probe.

In the latest in a string of intrusions into US agencies' high-tech systems, the Office of Personnel Management suffered what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information ever on government workers. The office handles employee records and security clearances.

A US law enforcement source told Reuters a "foreign entity or government" was believed to be behind the cyber attack.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had launched a probe and aimed to bring to account those responsible.

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