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The report said some of the most desired data includes communications and military technologies, clean energy, health care, pharmaceuticals and information about scarce natural resources. Of particular note, the report said, is interest in unmanned aircraft and other aerospace technology.

U.S. officials have called for greater communication about cyberthreats among the government, intelligence agencies and the private sector. The Pentagon has begun a pilot program that is working with a group of defense contractors to help detect and block cyberattacks.

The report, issued by the national intelligence director’s office of the counterintelligence executive, comes out every two years and includes information from 14 spy agencies, academics and other experts.

“We have to do a lot to scare those other guys into thinking `don’t do it or bad things will happen to you’ but after we do that, we have to solve it here, at home,” said Alan Paller, director of research at SANS Institute, a computer-security organization.

“We need to say, `if you allow your citizens to attack computers in our country, causing massive damage, we have the right to cause massive damage in your country.’”

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Associated Press writers Christopher Bodeen in Beijing, Sagar Meghani in Washington and Jordan Robertson in San Francisco contributed to this report.