Published on May 19th, 2014 📆 | 4208 Views ⚑0
US Charges China with Cyber-Spying on American Firms
The United States has filed criminal charges against Chinese military officials for hacking and cyber espionage against several American companies.This case is first of its own kind in which the prosecutors have formally accused members of a foreign government with economic espionage charges.
The alleged hackers are said to work for the PLA’s Unit 61398 in Shanghai. Among the trade secrets, they are also accused for stealing information about a nuclear power plant design and a solar panel company’s cost and pricing data, "They used military and intelligence facilities to commit cyber espionage against U.S. companies," U.S officials said to a NBC.
"The feds also have charged the makers of the malicious software the Chinese allegedly used to steal information from the American firms." NBC reported.
The details of the case are unclear at this point, but from tomorrow morning those five chinese officials will become international fugitives.American-Chinese Espionage game is not new, a series of high-profile cases put Chinese hackers in headlines around the world; but this indictment will definitely send strong message to China and other countries, especially Russia and Iran.