A senior US intelligence official has claimed the Chinese government has breached the terms of a deal signed three years ago banning the practice of hacking for economic espionage, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The 2015 agreement initially had the desired effects for US companies suffering from repeated Chinese cybertheft, but Beijing has shown less commitment in the recent past, said senior National Security Agency adviser Rob Joyce.
“It is clear they are well beyond the bounds of the agreement today that was forged between our two countries,” Joyce said at the Aspen Cyber summit.
Cyber attacks and intellectual property theft in the private sector have taken centre-stage in ongoing disputes between the US and China. Last month officials charged a group of ten Chinese spies for conducting a series of hacking campaigns to steal aviation industry secrets to give to domestic companies.