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May 19, 2014

Grand jury indicts "5 Chinese military hackers" on hacking and espionage charges.

Today the U.S. Justice Department announced its indictment of five Chinese military officers for stealing commercial data from American companies and unions. See DOJ's press release and articles by Reuters and Bloomberg News. The case will be brought out of the well-regarded U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) against the five named Chinese officers for spying on several Pittsburgh-based companies, including established firms in steel or energy-related products and services, like Alcoa, U.S. Steel and Westinghouse. China's response has been predictably quick and shrill. See Los Angeles Times, China blasts 'absurd' U.S. charges of cyberespionage. The best symbol of the sheer novelty of this action, and DOJ's seriousness in pursuing it is--hands down--the FBI Wanted posters.

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Above: Materials on display during today's press conference by Attorney General Eric Holder. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Posted by JD Hull at May 19, 2014 08:45 PM


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