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China plays dumb on charges of hacking congressional PCs

Ars Technica reports: Yesterday, Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) gave a speech on the House floor in which he admitted several of the computers in his office had been compromised, with the attacks originating in China. Since then, at least two other Congressmen have told similar tales. Wolf's speech, however, was the most specific, in that he suggested he knows what the hackers were after: files on Chinese dissidents he maintains as part of his human rights efforts.

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The Chinese government has denied any involvement, literally playing dumb on behalf of its entire citizenry by denying the capability to hack past Congess' security measures is beyond them. "China is still a developing country," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told Reuters. "Does that mean we have already mastered such high-end technology? Personally I don't believe that."

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