US Charges 5 in China's Military With Cyber Spying
It's the first such charge against a state actor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 19, 2014 7:53 AM CDT
Updated May 19, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
This April 17, 2014 file photo shows Attorney General Eric Holder speaking in Overland Park, Kansas.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

(Newser) – The US government has filed criminal charges against five Chinese military officers, accusing them of spying on American businesses, NBC News and USA Today report. It's the first time the US has leveled such charges against a state actor. The Justice Department is alleging that the officers used military and intelligence resources to swipe huge troves of data from US energy and manufacturing companies, stealing their strategic plans, trade secrets, and intellectual property.

The FBI says it tracked the hackers, who were active from 2006 all the way up until last month, to a single People's Liberation Army building in Shanghai. "Enough is enough," Eric Holder said in a press conference announcing the charges, which he called "a wake-up call." "The alleged hacking appears to have been conducted for no reason other than to advantage state-owned companies and other interests in China, at the expense of businesses here in the United States." The companies allegedly targeted include Alcoa, US Steel, Westinghouse Electric, Solarworld, and Allegheny Technologies.

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May 20, 2014 12:46 PM CDT
This is interesting that Holder should be in such a fit, when the NSA has been doing the exact same thing. Go figure.
May 19, 2014 10:04 PM CDT
That is what you get for trying to pay with tungsten infused gold to China.
May 19, 2014 8:27 PM CDT
So, who are these cretins that think this article is hilarious? Do they not realize that the Red Chinese government is totalitarian which is the utmost in being intrusive like "Big Brother" and will settle for little more than total domination of our economic system. They don't have separate, private corporations in China! The Communist Government owns the whole economic system through partnered brokers that do everything the elitists tell them to do or they don't have a job with the sponsored company! Huh?