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Calls mount for US action against Chinese hack attacks

Published on Feb 25, 2013 12:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Calls mounted on Sunday for stiffer US action against Beijing for cyber-spying and massive theft of US industrial secrets, allegedly by the Chinese military.

Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said it was "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that the Chinese military was behind a growing wave of hacking attacks on US businesses and institutions.

"They use their military to steal intellectual property from American businesses and European businesses, repurpose it, and compete in the international market against the United States," he said.

"It's unprecedented," he said on ABC's This Week. "And I'll tell you, it's bad as I have ever seen it. It's getting worse. Why? There's no consequence for it."

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