China: FBI is faking facts on cyber security

The country is angered after FBI accuses it of hacking into US firms

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The FBI has been accused of faking facts after director James Comey warned that China was stealing trade secrets from US firms.

The Chinese foreign ministry criticised the US for "smearing" China's name and urged it to stop fabricating stories.

In an interview with CBS news show 60 minutes on Sunday, Comey had warned of Chinese hackers targeting US firms in cyber attacks that cost the US economy billions of dollars every year.

"There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who've been hacked by the Chinese and those who don't know they've been hacked by the Chinese," he said.

He added that the hackers were not actually skilled when it came to covering their tracks.

"I liken them a bit to a drunk burglar. They're kicking in the front door, knocking over the vase, while they're walking out with your television set," he said.

"They're just prolific. Their strategy seems to be: We'll just be everywhere all the time. And there's no way they can stop us."

When asked about these remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China banned hacking and "firmly strikes" against such criminal activity, according to Reuters.

"We express strong dissatisfaction with the United States' unjustified fabrication of facts in an attempt to smear China's name and demand that the US-side cease this type of action," Lei said.

"We also demand that the US side cease its large-scale systematic internet attacks on other countries. The United States tries to divert attention by crying wolf. This won't succeed."

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