Date
20 September 2017
Beijing has responded angrily to US indictment of some Chinese military officials on hacking charges. Photo: Bloomberg
Beijing has responded angrily to US indictment of some Chinese military officials on hacking charges. Photo: Bloomberg

China said to have halted cyber crime cooperation with US

Cooperation between Washington and Beijing on fighting cyber crime has ground to a halt since the United States’ recent indictment of Chinese military officials on hacking charges, Reuters cited a senior US security official as saying Thursday.

“We are in time out,” the official was quoted as saying. “They don’t want to talk to us. Everything is really cold.”

Asked whether attempts to hack into US networks that originate in China had slowed, the official said: “They have been very active and this hasn’t changed a bit.”

The report did not identify the US official.

In May, the US Justice Department charged five Chinese military members with hacking the systems of American companies to steal trade secrets, prompting Beijing to suspend a Sino-US working group on cyber issues.

China denies the hacking charges and has in turn accused Washington of massive cyber spying.

US and Chinese officials had earlier started working together to combat certain types of online crime, including money laundering, child pornography and drug trafficking. But that cooperation has now stopped, according to the report.

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