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China slams U.S. for cyber hacking allegation

Friday, February 06, 2015 - 00:45

China has slammed the U.S. following allegations of a possible connection between Beijing and the cyber-attack on health insurer Anthem Inc. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Beijing on Friday (February 6) slammed the allegation made by the United States that China had a possible link to a cyberattack on its insurance company Anthem Inc. The comment was made one day after several U.S. states began investigating a massive cyberattack on the country's No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc. A source familiar with the probe told Reuters that a possible connection to China was being investigated, and the Wall Street Journal reported that people close to the investigation say some tools and techniques used against Anthem were similar to ones used in previous attacks linked to China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the U.S. allegations were "groundless". "This speculation is groundless. On the issue of cyber security, when looking at the US-related cyberattacks, (people) should not have an unwarranted attitude and make groundless accusations against China. The feature of cyberattacks is that it is very difficult to trace their sources. It's very difficult to identify the origins of cross-border cyberattacks. It obviously makes no sense to rush to identify the source of the attacks in such a haste," Hong told reporters at a daily news conference in Beijing on Friday. Anthem disclosed the attack late Wednesday (February 4), saying unknown hackers had penetrated a database with some 80 million records. The insurer said it suspected they had stolen information belonging to tens of millions of current and former customers as well as employees. Late on Wednesday (February 4), the FBI said it was looking into the matter but did not discuss suspects. Attorney Generals of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Arkansas and North Carolina are looking into the breach, according to representatives of their offices and internal documents. California's Department of Insurance said it will review Anthem's response to the data attack. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen asked Anthem Chief Executive Joseph Swedish to provide detailed information about the cyberattack, the company's security practices and privacy policies by March 4, according to a letter obtained by Reuters on Thursday (February 5).

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China slams U.S. for cyber hacking allegation

Friday, February 06, 2015 - 00:45