Chinese hackers charged with cyber espionage in US

Rod Rosenstein, Chris Wray announce indictment of Chinese hackers

'We urge the USA side to immediately correct its erroneous actions and cease its slanderous smears relating to internet security, ' it said, adding that it would take necessary measures to safeguard its own cyber security and interests.

Ms Hua added that China will take necessary steps to resolutely safeguard its cyber security and interests.

"The Chinese government is attempting to acquire or steal not only the plans and intentions of the United States government, but also the ideas and innovations of the very people that make our economy so incredibly successful", he said.

"The indictment alleges that the defendants were part of a group that hacked computers in at least a dozen countries and gave China's intelligence service access to sensitive business information", said Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

An indictment was unsealed Thursday against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong.

Besides the alleged USA infiltration, Mr. Zhu and Mr. Zhang are also accused of breaching computers linked to companies in at least 11 other countries, including Japan, the Britain and India.

Yesterday, Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Takeshi Osuga said Japan had identified APT10's continuous attacks on various domestic targets, including private firms and academic institutions.

The indictment is the latest in a series of Justice Department criminal cases targeting Chinese cyber espionage and coincided with an announcement by Britain blaming China's Ministry of State Security for trade-secret pilfering affecting Western nations.

As confirmed by this sector, the fact is part of a broad campaign launched last month against what they call "China's bad sharing" through alleged espionage in scientific research centers or threats in telecommunications with the transition to the 5G network.

Western governments, including United States allies Britain and Australia, have accused Beijing of cyber-attacks.

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) says it has established links between the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) and a global campaign of cyber-enabled commercial intellectual property theft.

The group successfully hacked a managed service provider with offices in NY that compromised the data of the provider and clients in a dozen countries involved in banking and finance, consumer electronics and oil and gas exploration, prosecutors said. "These hacks have even breached names, dates of birth, email addresses, salary information and Social Security numbers of more than 100,000 United States Navy personnel this year".

Prosecutors said that the hackers steadily improved their ability to breach network defenses in a "continuous and unrelenting effort" to steal technology and other information.

"The allegation itself will give rise to some suspicion, at least, among the global public, that these hacking activities are actually supported by the Chinese state", he said.

Working with the Chinese government, the defendants' hacking network managed to gain access to at least 90 computers belonging to USA government agencies, as well as commercial and defense technology companies, located in at least 12 states stretching from California to NY, the court papers say.

The US and the United Kingdom both have been accusing China of violating an agreement relating to commercial espionage.

Britain, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday joined the USA in chastising China over what they called a global campaign of cyber-enabled commercial intellectual property theft, signalling growing worldwide coordination against the practice. Since then, China has detained Canadian citizens, in what observers say is an apparent bid to pressure Ottawa into releasing the Huawei executive.

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