A Pentagon report on the Chinese military bluntly accused the People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese government of instigating cyber-attacks against U.S. government computer systems, as well as those of industrial and defense contractors.
“In 2012, numerous systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military,” the report, released Monday, alleges.
An official with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that the report had been coordinated so that the White House could reveal suspicions it’s long harbored under the security aegis of the Pentagon. Industrial espionage appeared to be the primary motive for the alleged cyberattacks, with Chinese efforts to understand the thinking behind U.S. policies mentioned as a secondary motive.
A Chinese Foreign Affairs official responded Tuesday by saying the report contained “groundless accusations and speculations.”