China denies hacking US media outlets

The official newspaper of the Communist Party of China has rejected claims the country was involved in hacking U.S. news agencies The New York Times (NYT) and Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

"Even those with little understanding of the Internet know that hacking attacks are trans-national and concealable," said People's Daily on its front page, according to AFP's report Monday. It added the Internet protocol (IP) addresses were not sufficient to confirm the origin of the hackers.

ZDNet tried looking for the report on People's Daily's English Web site, but it was not available online. The editorial comes after both NYT and WSJ identified China as the source for breaking in to their journalists' and other employees' e-mails. The Washington Post later claimed Chinese hackers were behind the intrusions in 2011.