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China 'gravely concerned' over alleged cyber attacks by the US

Published on Jun 23, 2013 11:00 PM
 
Protesters shout slogans in support of former US spy Edward Snowden as they march to the US consulate in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013. China said on Sunday that it was gravely concerned over cyber attacks by United States government agencies after new allegations that they had snooped on Chinese targets. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China said on Sunday that it was "gravely concerned" over cyber attacks by United States government agencies after new allegations that they had snooped on Chinese targets.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said the latest reports "again proved that China is the victim of cyber attacks, and we have already lodged representations to the US side", according to state news agency Xinhua.

The remarks followed new claims by former US spy Edward Snowden made to Hong Kong's Sunday Morning Post that US spies had hacked the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing - home to one of six "network backbones" that route all of mainland China's Internet traffic - and the Hong Kong headquarters of Pacnet, which operates one of the Asia-Pacific region's largest fibre-optic networks.

The former National Security Agency contractor, who arrived in Moscow on Sunday reportedly on his way to Venezuela, also said the US agency was hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to gather data from millions of text messages.

 
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