US Files Charges At Two 'Chinese Government Hackers'

US Files Charges At Two 'Chinese Government Hackers'

US Files Charges At Two 'Chinese Government Hackers'

China on Friday accused the USA of "fabricating facts" after the Justice Department charged two Chinese men allegedly linked to the communist nation's security services with cyber espionage for targeting companies in 12 countries, including India.

A poster displayed during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Dec. 20, 2018, shows two Chinese citizens suspected to be with the group APT 10 carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from US companies.

Prosecutors said that the hackers steadily improved their ability to breach network defenses in a "continuous and unrelenting effort" to steal technology and other information.

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 US states, as well as USA government agencies.

"The U.S.is a world superpower, and it's quite arrogant and selfish", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a press briefing Friday.

Its moves to hold China accountable, he said, "are important in exposing some of the threats posed by China as it attempts to pursue economic and technological dominance over the United States".

New Zealand's cyber spy agency has linked a global cyberattack, which targeted some global service providers operating locally, to the Chinese state.

China targeted a "who's who" of American businesses, Wray said, though he did not name specific companies.

The Justice Department said the two hackers, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, worked for the so-called APT10 group which Washington, London and other allies say is backed by China's Ministry of State Security. In response to the first such indictments back in 2014, for example, China's Foreign Ministry issued a fiery statement calling the charges "purely ungrounded and absurd".

The first, known as the "Technology Theft Campaign", began in or about 2006 and involved the group gaining access to the computer networks of more than 45 technology companies and USA government agencies, in order to steal information about various technologies.

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This is the latest in a series of hacking cases brought by the United States government against Chinese nationals.

China on Friday strongly denied cyber attack charges by the U.S. and its allies, accusing Washington of making "unfounded" allegations that the Chinese government was behind global hacking. We urge the USA to "stop smearing the Chinese side on cyber security issues", China's foreign ministry said in statement, adding that it had lodged an official protest.

Political tensions between China, Canada and the USA have been escalating after Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver at Washington's request.

In addition to the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have also formally accused China of hacking government agencies and local firms.

"This is outright cheating and theft, and it gives China an unfair advantage at the expense of law-abiding businesses and countries that follow the worldwide rules in return for the privilege of participating in the global economic system", Rosenstein said in a statement.

The Chinese embassy in Washington did not return an email seeking comment. The Navy referred questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

China and the U.S. They could face up to 27 years in prison.

The global hacking campaign involved using malware to target MSPs - managed service providers - which are used to store commercial and proprietary data.

IBM said it had no evidence that sensitive data had been compromised.

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