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Justice Department Indicts Chinese Officials for 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 multi-year conspiracy to hack into computer systems belonging to private companies, universities and government entities in the United States and around the world in order to steal sensitive research and technology. There have been many reports about cybercrime recently, but this prosecution is unique. This case is about a cyberhacking and economic espionage campaign led by the government of China. The indictment alleges that three of the four defendants were intelligence officers with China’s Ministry of State Security, or M.S.S. They implemented the alleged cyberattacks through front companies in order to conceal the government’s role in the illicit scheme. These defendants coordinated with universities in China to achieve the goals of the conspiracy. For example, they worked with professors to organize hacking competitions with cash prizes. The goal was simple: to find China’s best hackers and recruit them to steal intellectual property for the benefit of China and its state-controlled companies. China’s foreign intelligence officials are trained to avoid detection, and they did everything they could to hide their crimes. But the team of agents and prosecutors in this case found them. And in doing so, have shown China’s government and the world the unwavering commitment of the Department of Justice to protect the United States against all threats, foreign and domestic.

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