China plans to beef up internet security after allegations that the US National Security Agency spied on one of the countryâ€™s major telecommunications companies, according to Reuters. The Defense Ministry accused the US of â€œhypocrisy and despotic rule,â€ following news that the NSA infiltrated Huawei Technologiesâ€™ servers.
“For a while now, some Americans have jabbered on and on, condemning Chinese hacking attacks,” the Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng told Reuters. â€œBut the truth is that this is without any basis in fact, it’s simply a thief crying ‘Stop, thief!’â€
The spying reports made headlines on Saturday when â€œThe New York Timesâ€ and German magazine â€œDer Spiegelâ€ published articles based on classified documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The US responded to the allegations by saying it doesnâ€™t spy for commercial advantages.
â€œI can tell you that our intelligence activities are focused on the national security needs of our country,â€ NSA spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
The Chinese Defense Ministry also warned the US to stop selling arms to Taiwan, a democratic and self-ruled island that China still sees as a rogue province.
Besides Huawei Technologies, the NSA reportedly spied on Chinese politicians such as former president Hu Jintao, the Trade Ministry and several banking institutions.