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Justice Department charges Chinese officials with cyberattacks
The Justice Department accused four Chinese nationals, including three state security officials, of hacking government and private computer systems around the world to steal sensitive information.
We are here today to announce the indictment of four Chinese nationals for coordinating a years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer systems of private companies, schools, universities and government organizations in the United States and around the world to steal sensitive technology and research. There have been many reports of cybercrime lately, but this prosecution is unique. This case is about a campaign of economic espionage and cyberattacks led by the Chinese government. The indictment alleges that three of the four defendants were intelligence agents of China’s Ministry of State Security, or MSS. They carried out the alleged cyberattacks through front companies to conceal the government’s role in the illegal scheme. These defendants coordinated with universities in China to achieve the goals of the conspiracy. For example, they worked with professors to organize hacking contests with cash prizes. The goal is simple: find China’s best hackers and recruit them to steal intellectual property for the benefit of China and state-controlled companies. China’s foreign intelligence officials are trained to avoid detection, and they go to great lengths to conceal their crimes. But the team of agents and prosecutors in this case found them. And in doing so, it shows the Chinese government and the world the Justice Department’s unwavering commitment to defending the United States from all threats, foreign and domestic.
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