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Report: Top federal sites hacked by China

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese servers briefly hijacked 15 percent of the world's Internet traffic, including U.S. government and military sites, a panel said Wednesday.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission found the disruption lasted for about 18 minutes in April, ABC News reported.

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NASA, the U.S. Senate, the four branches of the military and the secretary of defense's office were affected, the commission found.

A draft copy of the report, obtained by ABC News, said, "For about 18 minutes on April 8, 2010, China Telecom advertised erroneous network traffic routes that instructed U.S. and other foreign Internet traffic to travel through Chinese servers."

While the incident was revealed in April, it had not been disclosed that it hit the government.

The U.S. State and Homeland Security departments declined to comment on the report.

U.S. officials say Russia and China have aggressively been mapping and probing American computer infrastructure for years. Entities in China were behind a sophisticated hack of Google and other companies late last year that was not detected until January.

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