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China has hacked every major company in US: Ex-spy chief

The Chinese government hackers have broken into the computers at every major American company to steal valuable secrets, according to a former US spy master.

Mike McConnell, who served as director of national intelligence under President George W Bush, made the comments during a speech at the University of Missouri.

“The Chinese have penetrated every major corporation of any consequence in the United States and taken information,” he said.

“We’ve never, ever not found Chinese malware,” he said on Thursday.

In his speech, McConnell also said that during the final years of the Bush administration, the Chinese government employed a jaw-dropping 100,000 hackers dedicated solely to breaking into computers. By comparison, he said the United States had that many spies -- total.

He said the malware lets Chinese spies extract information whenever they want. McConnell, who also led the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1992 until 1996.

He listed victims he has come across during his investigations: US Congress, Department of Defense, State Department and major corporations.

The US government has said it has caught Chinese spies stealing blueprints and business plans. Last year, federal prosecutors took the unprecedented step of filing formal criminal charges against five Chinese government spies for breaking into Alcoa, US Steel Corp., Westinghouse and others. 

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