News Summary: Cyberattacks a growing irritant

News Summary: Pentagon report mention of China cyberattacks a nod to growing threat to ties

Associated Press
News Summary: Cyberattacks a growing irritant
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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, the building housing “Unit 61398” of the People’s Liberation Army is seen in the outskirts of Shanghai. Signs are growing that China’s massive allegedly state-sponsored computer hacking is imperiling its relations with the U.S., lending urgency to fledgling efforts by the sides to engage on the issue. (AP Photo/File)

BAD VIBES: Signs are growing that the sustained surge in cyberattacks emanating from China is imperiling its relations with the U.S.

SUSPICIONS: The Pentagon this week said China appeared to be cyberspying against the U.S. government. China has called the accusations groundless, saying it's impossible to tell the origin of cyber-intrusions, and complained that it too is a target of hacking.

NEXT STEP?: Thus far, President Barack Obama's administration has mostly sought to apply pressure and avoid a confrontation that could set off a Chinese backlash at a time when Washington wants to keep the economy afloat.

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