Selin ATAY-TDO- The People's Republic of China (PRC) on Thursday branded as “malicious slander” accusations from Taiwan about hacking attacks linked to the Chinese government. Those accusations created new tensions between Beijing and Taipei.

Taiwan has been urging its people to be alert for what officials call “omnipresent infiltration” from China, ranging from Beijing-backed media campaigns to cyberattacks, against to Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again.

Taiwan argued that hacking groups connected to the Chinese government had attacked at least 10 government agencies and some 6,000 email accounts of government officials in an “infiltration” to steal significant data.

In his speech, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian poured scorn on the Taiwan hacking allegations.

Referring to Taiwan’s ruling party, “The criticisms from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities are malicious slander, pure and simple,” Zhao told reporters. “China is a staunch defender of cybersecurity, and is one of the victims of hacking attacks.” Zhao added.

The Chinese government routinely denies involvement in hacking. Also the government argues that it punishes those who do it.

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