Chinese paper says hacking claim ‘irresponsible’

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BEIJING (AP) — A state newspaper has rejected suggestions that China might be behind a global cyberattack over the past five years targeting more than 70 government entities, nonprofit groups and corporations.

The ruling Communist Party flagship People’s Daily said Friday that it was “irresponsible” to link China with Internet hacking attacks reported by a computer security firm.

The paper said McAfee Inc.’s analysis that the culprit is likely a nation state is “obviously groundless.”

McAfee said Wednesday that the attacks have targeted a broad range of organizations, including the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and companies mostly in the United States. It did not say who may be behind the attacks.

China has not officially commented.