Four Chinese citizens accused of cyberattacks on companies, universities and government agencies in the United States and other countries
Cyber-attacked industries included aviation, defence, education, government, healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, maritime affairs, and others.
Four Chinese citizens, who are suspected of collaborating with the Ministry of State Security of the PRC, are accused of cyberattacks on companies, universities and government agencies in the United States, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Great Britain, Austria, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and several other countries from 2011 to 2018, reports the official website of the US Department of Justice.
“Most of the stolen data was associated with information that brought significant economic benefits to Chinese companies and commercial sectors, including information that would bypass the lengthy and time-consuming research and development processes,” the US Department of Justice said in a press release.
Industries such as aviation, defence, education, government, healthcare, biopharmaceuticals and maritime industries have been targeted by cybercriminals. Research institutes and universities have been cyberattacks on infectious diseases such as Ebola, HIV / AIDS, Marburg virus and tularemia.
According to the Ministry of Justice, each of the defendants is accused of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, as well as to commit economic espionage, which carries a maximum sentence of up to five and 15 years in prison, respectively.
A senior US administration official said on Monday that the US, NATO and the EU are accusing the Chinese authorities of collaborating with hired hackers and promising steps in response to Beijing’s “irresponsible” behaviour.
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