China has denounced US hacking accusations as “groundless and irresponsible” after Washington blamed Beijing for stealing personnel data of millions of Americans.
On Thursday, US officials said hackers from China had broke into the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December (OPM), possibly compromising the personal data of approximately 4 million current and former federal employees.
The OPM, which conducts background checks for security clearances, declined to comment on who was behind the hack and FBI investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in China.
However, some US officials, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, claimed that hackers from China are behind the attack, according to the Washington Post.
On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry slammed the US for making unfounded accusations, saying that China is itself the target of hacking attacks.
It said that Beijing wanted to cooperate with other countries to build a peaceful and secure cyberspace.
“We wish the United States would not be full of suspicions, catching wind and shadows, but rather have a larger measure of trust and cooperation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a news briefing in Beijing.