WASHINGTON — Cyberspying targeting U.S. government and business entities appears "to be attributable to the Chinese government and military," the Pentagon charged Monday in an annual report to Congress detailing the U.S. assessment of Beijing's military capabilities.
The 2013 "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China" report provides detailed allegations about a problem of rising concern to the U.S. government and American businesses. Chinese hacking capabilities are particularly worrisome because U.S. officials fear that Beijing could use them as an offensive tactic.
"The access and skills required for these intrusions are similar to those necessary to conduct computer network attacks," the report says.
The Chinese government has denied orchestrating or condoning hacking operations against U.S. government and corporate networks.
The Pentagon added that China is also stepping up its conventional weapons and aerospace systems, saying China is transforming an armed force that two decades ago was regarded as "a poorly equipped, ground forces-centric military."