China accuses US spy agency of cyberattacks on university

China accused a United States spy agency of hacking a government-funded university with an aeronautics and space research programme, in Beijing’s latest effort to hit back at Washington’s complaints of cybersnooping, writes Sarah Zheng for Bloomberg.

The National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) Office of Tailored Access Operations carried out the attacks on Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China’s National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center said in a statement. A team from the centre and 360 Security Technology Inc analysed the university’s information systems after an attack from overseas was reported in June, the centre added.

The NSA conducted more than 10,000 “vicious” cyberattacks on Chinese targets in recent years, collecting more than 140 gigabytes of data of “great value”, it said. The NSA and US State Department declined to comment on the allegations.
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