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China Helped ‘Hijack’ U.S. Internet Traffic

China has done little to improve access to and the security of the Internet in the last year, in some cases lending its support to Web-based attacks on foreign computer systems and tightening its control on the Internet, according to a Wednesday report.

Methods in China for infiltrating American computer systems as well as those of foreign governments have become increasingly sophisticated in the last year, but the average citizen in the country has fewer options when it comes to freedom on the Web, according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC).

The USCC is charged with monitoring the national security implications of doing business with China. Wednesday’s report is the 12-member commission’s eighth report on the topic since 2000. It covers a variety of topics, including Internet freedoms, and this year’s report includes 45 recommendations for Congress to consider.

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