China accuses US of 'hypocrisy and double standards' on hacking

China accuses US of 'hypocrisy and double standards' on hacking
This combination of images released by the FBI on May 19, 2014 shows five Chinese hacking suspects.

BEIJING - China's defence ministry on Tuesday denounced the US for "hypocrisy and double standards" after a first-ever US indictment of Chinese military officers for alleged cyber-espionage.

"From 'WikiLeaks' to the 'Snowden' case, US hypocrisy and double standards regarding the issue of cyber-security have long been abundantly clear," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

"The so-called 'commercial espionage network' is a pure fabrication by the US, a move to mislead the public based on ulterior motives," it added.

On Monday, a federal grand jury indicted five members of Unit 61398 of China's People's Liberation Army on charges they broke into US computers to benefit Chinese state-owned companies.

China's defence ministry strongly denied those allegations, maintaining that Beijing is "a staunch defender of cyber-security".

"The Chinese government and military have never undertaken nor participated in the theft of trade secrets" through cyber-espionage, it added.

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