US report blasts China, Russia for cybercrime

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. government report concludes that Chinese and Russian intelligence services and corporate hackers are using cyber-attacks to steal high-tech American research and development data -- and the stolen information is helping build their own economies.

The report offers the first such detailed public accusations from U.S. officials.

It says cyber-attacks by foreign governments represent a "persistent threat to U.S. economic security."

The report includes information from the 14 U.S. spy agencies, as well as from academics and other experts.

It says China and Russia will remain aggressive and capable collectors of sensitive U.S. economic information and technologies. U.S. officials have complained quietly for years about cyber-attacks originating from China.