UPDATE: China Criticizes Reported US Spying on Computers Around the World 1/15/14
WASHINGTON - China's Foreign Ministry is accusing the U.S. of "playing up the cyber threats from other countries" while at the same time implementing its own cyber surveillance program that it says is threatening the sovereignty and security of other countries.
The statement comes in reaction to a New York Times report that the National Security Agency has implanted software on nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows it to spy on those machines. The computers don't include any in the United States.
The NSA says its efforts focus only on "valid foreign intelligence targets."
According to the report, China's army has been one of the most frequent targets of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command. The U.S. has accused China's army of launching regular attacks on American industrial and military targets, often to steal secrets or intellectual property.
The paper says parts of the program were disclosed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former NSA systems analyst.