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-(CNN) -- The Chinese government is sponsoring cyber-espionage to attack top U.S. companies, according to Grady Summers, vice president of security firm Mandiant.<​br />​Virginia-based Mandiant published a 60-page report detailing allegations over a six-year period against a group of hackers -- known as Comment Crew -- which Summers linked to a secret division of the Chinese military.<​br />​Summers told CNN: "China is attacking the U.S. on a scale like we've never seen before... We believe that the Communist Party of China is very aware of this."<​br />Read more: Have the courage to deal with cyber war<br />​Mandiant says the activity can be traced to four networks near Shanghai -- with some operations taking place in a location that is also the headquarters of Unit 61398, the secret military division.<​br /> Cracking down on Chinese hackers Firm: Many hackers attacking from China Report: Chinese Army behind cyber attacks U.S. cyber battle with China<br />​Summers added: "Never before have we seen one state-sponsored entity like unit 61398 of the Chinese PLA attacking helpless commercial organizations in other countries."<​br />Read more: Chinese cyber attacks on West are widespread, experts say<br />The espionage group mainly targeted U.S. blue chip companies in 20 separate industries from aerospace to financial services.<​br />"​It'​s really a who's who of American companies. Of 140 victims worldwide, 115 of them were in the U.S.," Grady said.<br />​Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei dismissed the hacking charges on Tuesday, insisting that China is the victim of many cyberattacks -- most originating in the United States.<​br />"​Making baseless accusations based on premature analysis is irresponsible and unprofessional,"​ he said. "China resolutely opposes any form of hacking activities."<​br />​Earlier this month, President Obama signed an executive order designed to address the country'​s most basic cybersecurity needs -- and highlighted the effort in his State of the Union address.<​br />​Summers says a cyber offence by the U.S. is not an appropriate response to the attacks as "it creates more problems than it solves."<​br />​Instead,​ he advocates better defense systems in organizations that are vulnerable to cyber attacks and diplomatic pressure from Washington on Beijing.<​br />The Mandiant report details 3,000 technical indicators including IP addresses, domain names and encryption certificates,​ that can be used to strengthen companies'​ defenses.<​br />​[http://​edition.cnn.com/​2013/​02/​19/​business/​china-cyber-attack-mandiant/​index.html?​hpt=hp_bn5 source]+