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China dismisses US hacking report

BEIJING — China on Thursday brusquely dismissed assertions in a New York Times article that Chinese hackers had infiltrated US government computer systems that house personal information of federal employees.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the article was part of what he called an irresponsible anti-China smear campaign.

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The article, first published Wednesday on the newspaper’s website, said the hackers had gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before authorities in the United States detected the breach and thwarted the hackers from gaining further access.

It remained unclear what kind of information, if any, was compromised in the attack, which was said to have occurred in March.

Asked about the article at a regular Foreign Ministry news briefing, a spokesman, Hong Lei, repeated China’s longstanding position that it opposes hacking.

“Such reports and comments are irresponsible and are not worth refuting,” he said.

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