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A media outlet in China has urged the government to consider “severe punishment” on a number of US companies for threatening the cyber-security of China and its internet users.|
Top Chinese paper, the People’s Daily, lashed out at Google, Apple, Facebook and other US firms on Wednesday, calling on Beijing “to punish severely the pawns” of the US government for cyber espionage on Chinese users.
The paper said the country will draw up international regulations, and strengthen technology safeguards to resist the Internet hegemony, but it will “also severely punish the pawns of the villain.”
“The priority is strengthening penalties and punishments, and for anyone who steals our information, even though they are far away, we shall punish them,” it added.Classified documents earlier released by American whistleblower Edward Snowden showed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) put considerable efforts into spying on former Chinese President Hu Jintao, the Chinese Trade Ministry, banks, and telecommunications companies.
According to the revelations, a major target of the NSA’s spying operation has been Huawei, which is the world’s second largest network equipment supplier.
In May, the US government officially charged five Chinese military officers for hacking into private-sector American companies for competitive advantage. The US government demanded that China extradite the officers; however, the Chinese government denied the charges.