Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hillary Clinton says China hacks into 'everything that doesn’t move'

Hillary Clinton waves to supporters in New York (AP)
Hillary Clinton waves to supporters in New York (AP)

Amanda Becker

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China of trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America."

Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, the front-runner to win the Democratic nomination said Chinese hackers had stolen commercial secrets and "huge amounts of government information."

Ms Clinton's language on China appeared to be far stronger than that usually used by President Barack Obama's Democratic administration.

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"We have to be fully vigilant, China's military is growing very quickly, they're establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines because they are building on contested property," said Ms Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

"They're also trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America. Stealing commercial secrets ... from defense contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage," she said.

The former first lady is likely to be the Democratic nomination for the November 2016 presidential election.

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Asked about the remarks, a White House official declined to comment.

In the most recent case involving suspicions of Chinese hacking, officials have said China is the top suspect in the massive hacking of a US government agency that compromised the personnel records of at least 4.2 million current and former government workers.

China has denied hacking into the computers of the US Office of Personnel Management.


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