Beijing responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s words about China’s possible responsibility for the recent cyber attack on U.S. federal agencies by opposing the politicization of Internet security, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a briefing.
“China is strongly against politicizing the issue of Internet security and mud-slinging, which not only does not help solve the problem of hacking attacks, but can also undermine mutual trust between countries and affect their cooperation in this field,” Wang Wenbin said.
He added that on the issue of hacking, the U.S. itself is “notorious.”
Last week, U.S. media reported that hackers linked to a foreign government hacked the systems of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Russia was most likely behind the attack. Trump, in turn, suggested that it was not Russia, but China.
In turn, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Russia categorically rejects any accusations from the U.S. of alleged hacker attacks and believes that this is a continuation of the blind Russophobia that is resorted to in any incident.
“This discussion is probably growing in the United States, because it was the United States that was the victim of this hacking attack, and definitely, this discussion has nothing to do with us, because Russia is not involved in such attacks, in particular this one. We state this officially and forcefully,” Peskov told reporters.
Asked whether the Kremlin expects any U.S. action on the incident, he said: “U.S. actions are little predictable lately, so we can’t say anything.”