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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 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. The Los Angeles Times: China blasts 'absurd' U.S. charges of cyberespionage. But something other than the press conference remarks, China's response or even reading the well-crafted indictment itself caught our attention today. The best symbol of the sheer novelty of this action? And of DOJ's seriousness in pursuing it? It is--hands down--the FBI wanted posters made available to the press today.

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Above: Materials on display during AG Eric Holder's press conference in DC today. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

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


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