WASHINGTON — The Obama administration explicitly accused China’s military on Monday of mounting attacks on US government computer systems and defense contractors, saying one motive could be to map ‘‘military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.’’
While some recent estimates have more than 90 percent of cyberespionage in the United States originating in China, the accusations relayed in the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on Chinese military capabilities were remarkable in their directness.
Until now the administration had avoided directly accusing both the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army of using cyberweapons against the United States in a deliberate, government-developed strategy to steal intellectual property and gain strategic advantage.
‘’In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the US government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military,’’ the nearly 100-page report said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.