90 Miles From Tyranny : U.S. Indicts Two Chinese Nationals Over Global Hack Campaign

Friday, December 21, 2018

U.S. Indicts Two Chinese Nationals Over Global Hack Campaign

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday it was charging two Chinese hackers associated with China’s Ministry of State Security with global cyber attacks that aimed to steal intellectual property and confidential business information, including from the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, and the U.S. Navy.

“The indictment alleges that the defendants were part of a group that hacked computers in at least a dozen countries and gave China’s intelligence service access to sensitive business information,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

The two defendants worked for a company in China, Huaying Haitai Science and Technology Development Company, and acted in association with the Chinese Ministry of State Security’s Tianjin State Security Bureau, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The hackers Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong were members of a hacking group operating in China known within the cyber security community as Advanced Persistent Threat 10 (the APT10 Group). The two hackers carried out global hacking campaigns between at least 2006 and this year, targeting intellectual property and confidential business and technological information at managed service providers (MSPs), more than 45 technology companies in at least a dozen U.S. states, as well as U.S. government agencies.

“Zhu, Zhang, and their co-conspirators successfully obtained unauthorized access to computers belonging to...

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