US weighs tougher action over China cyberattacks

WASHINGTON - High-level talks with the Chinese government to address persistent cyberattacks against U.S. companies and government agencies haven't worked, so officials say the Obama administration is now considering a range of actions.

China-based hackers have long been an economic and national security concern, but as cybersecurity experts report an increase in attacks, U.S. leaders are looking to better address the threat and analyze its impact.

Two former U.S. officials say the administration is preparing a new National Intelligence Estimate that, when complete, is expected to detail the cyberthreat, particularly from China, as a growing economic problem. One official says it also will cite more directly a role by the Chinese government in such espionage. The former officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the classified report.

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