US mulls firmer action to combat Chinese cyber-espionage following NYT, WSJ hack

London, Feb 1 (ANI): The United States is planning to take more assertive action against China to combat cyber-espionage, a report has said.

Cyber security experts said the US is eyeing more pointed diplomatic and trade measures after.

According to the Telegraph, two former US officials said the administration is preparing a new National Intelligence Estimate that, when complete, is expected to detail the cyberthreat, particularly from China.

The paper quoted one of the former officials, as saying that the NIE, an assessment prepared by the National Intelligence Council, also will cite more directly a role by the Chinese government in such espionage.

The move comes after the Wall Street Journal and its rival The New York Times claimed that they had had their computer systems infiltrated by hackers based in China.

Journal publisher Dow Jones and Co. said that the paper's computer systems had been infiltrated by Chinese hackers to monitor its China coverage.

The New York Times claimed that over the last four months, it has been repeatedly attacked by Chinese hackers, trying to get passwords for its reporters and other employees.

According to the Times, the timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a Times investigation, published online on October 25, that found that the relatives of Wen Jiabao, China's prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business dealings. (ANI)

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