A huge slogan board stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building during a protest against government surveillance in Washington D.C., capital of the United Sates, on Oct. 26, 2013. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)
BEIJING, June 5 (Xinhua) -- The United States recently accused China of hacking its federal computer networks to steal personnel information. However, the allegation, which is still waiting to be supported by proof,is obviously another case of Washington's habitual slander against Beijing on cyber security.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement earlier on Thursday that massive data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department had been compromised in the hacking. Some U.S. media reports, quoting unnamed U.S. officials, alleged that the hacking was done by hackers based in China.
Zhu Haiquan, spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, responded to the allegation by saying that jumping to conclusions and making hypothetical accusations is irresponsible and counterproductive.
China, itself a major victim of cyber attacks, has made it clear that it is against all forms of hacking attacks, and it believes that members of the international community need better communication and cooperation to address cyber security breaches.
This is not the first time that the United States is making baseless accusations against China. Two months ago, a report by a U.S. company, which is devoid of any concrete evidence, alleged that China is behind a decade-long hacking program targeting Southeast Asian nations.
As we all know, plenty of revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have brought to light that the U.S. government and relevant departments have long been engaged in large-scale, organized cyber theft, wiretapping and supervision of political figures, enterprises and individuals of other countries, including China.
Thus, it is time for the United States to stop vaunting itself by applying double standards when it comes to cyber theft and making unfounded accusations against China.