U.S. Brings First-of-Its Kind Cyber-Espionage Charges Against Chinese Military Officials

Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses) offers Cyber Warfare – Global Trends course taught by Albert Kinney  who has 20 years of experience in research and operational cyberspace mission areas including the initial development and first operational employment of the Naval Cyber Attack Team.  We thought the news below would be of interest to our readers. The United […]

Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses) offers Cyber Warfare – Global Trends course taught by Albert Kinney  who has 20 years of experience in research and operational cyberspace mission areas including the initial development and first operational employment of the Naval Cyber Attack Team.  We thought the news below would be of interest to our readers.

The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.

The indictment accuses the hackers of targeting the U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar products industries. The alleged victims are brand-name companies including Alcoa and Westinghouse.

he indictment includes allegations of trade secret theft and economic espionage.

Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal law enforcement officials were announcing the indictments later Monday. Holder says in a statement that the U.S. will not tolerate foreign government efforts to sabotage American companies.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

The United States is preparing to announce first-of-its-kind criminal charges Monday against Chinese military officials in an international cyberspying case, a government official said.

Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal law enforcement officials were expected to reveal the new indictments later Monday, the official told The Associated Press.

The indictments will accuse individuals of participating in cyber-espionage on behalf of a foreign government, said the official, who revealed this information only on grounds of anonymity because this person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the case in advance of the official announcement.

The official described the prosecution as unprecedented.

The official said Chinese government officials are being charged in the United States with hacking into private-sector companies to gain trade secrets, adding that Holder and other top-level law enforcement officials were poised to announce charges that include economic espionage and trade-secret theft.

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