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        2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

      China Denies Hacking Claims, Points Finger at U.S.


      China on Tuesday responded to a report by a U.S. computer-security firm which alleged that a military group linked to China's army used thousands of hackers to steal large amounts of data from U.S. companies. 

      Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei denied the accusations, saying, "Cyberattacks are anonymous and transnational, and it is hard to trace the origin of attacks, so I don't know how the findings of the report are credible."

      Hong turned the blame around on the U.S. arguing that his country has long been a target of cyber attacks which he believes were launched by the U.S.

      When asked who he believed was behind the attack, Hong said, "we can only say they originated in the U.S.," which he said was "entirely different from media reports that the Chinese government or the Chinese military are responsible."