(Reuters) – The US and its three allies betrayed China on Thursday for economic espionage, pointing out that as US prosecutors, two Chinese nationals linked to a spy agency have accused them of stealing confidential data from US government agencies and businesses around the world, increasing tensions.
Prosecutors accused Zhu Hua and Zhang Jianguo of cutting off attacks on the US Navy, the space agency NASA and the Department of Energy, and dozens of companies. The operation targeted intellectual property and company secrets to provide unfair competitive advantage to Chinese companies.
The UK, Australia and New Zealand have joined the United States as what they call a global cyber-capable business intellectual property theft campaign, marking increased global coordination against implementation.
“No country poses a wider and longer-term threat to China’s economy and cyber infrastructure than China,” FBI Director Chris Wray told a press conference. Said. ”China’s goal is simply to use illegal methods to replace the United States and reach it as the world’s leading superpower.“
The five sources familiar with the attacks are the hackers of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., to Reuters. and IBM Corp. violated their networks and then used access to infiltrate customers’ computers. IBM said there was no evidence that sensitive data had been compromised. HPE said you can’t comment.
Other officials under the direction of Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump said that China’s hacking efforts, which said US officials began in 2006 and lasted until 2018, violated a 2015 agreement to damage cyber espionage for commercial purposes.
Britain accepted. The campaign is “one of the most serious, strategically important, insistent and potentially damaging cyber-attacks against the UK and our allies,” he said.
Victims included NASA’s Goddard Space Center and Jet Drive Laboratory, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the Department of Energy, and the companies involved in aviation, space and satellite technology, finance, electronics, health, oil and gas research, according to court documents.
Wray, “The list of companies that are victims, the global economy ‘Who is Who’ who is studying, such as,” he said. He didn’t name the job.
The tensions between Washington and Beijing are very high in trade taxes, and the Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. After the arrest of Meng Wanzhou in charge of the US. Ms. Meng, the same day, the United States and China agreed to negotiate a trade dispute.
Prosecutors have accused the defendants of working with the intelligence service of the Chinese Ministry of State for conspiracy to conduct computer intervention, conspiracy to commit fraud and heavy identity theft.
Prosecutors, Mr. Zhu and Mr. Zhang, Huaying Haitai, a Tianjin company known as APT 10 in the cyber security community, is a Science and Technology Development Corporation. were members of a hacking group.
NASA said agency missions did not believe that computer piracy was endangered and that it took immediate action to ensure the security of the affected servers. China’s Embassy in Washington did not respond to comment requests.
APT10 also said it has stolen personal data from 100,000 US Navy personnel, including Social Security numbers.
A Navy spokesman told the seafarers that he would be notified immediately of a data breach, but refused to comment further because of an ongoing investigation.
The piracy targets also include technology companies that provide external e-mail, storage and other computer jobs according to court documents.
This is the last in a series of hacking cases the US has brought against Chinese citizens.
In October, the US government accused Chinese intelligence officers of stealing information about a turbo fan engine used in commercial jetliners. The same month, the Ministry of Justice arrested a spy on the Chinese State Security Ministry’s charge of economic espionage and the alleged attempt to steal the secrets of US aviation trade.
In September, a Chinese member of the US Army Reserve was arrested in Chicago for allegedly working for intelligence for the employment of engineers and scientists, including some of them working for US defense contractors.
Australian officials issued a statement expressing “serious concerns” about theft of Chinese commercial intellectual property. An official in New Zealand said in a statement that the country “joins partners expressing unacceptable similar cyber campaigns”.
According to a source speaking anonymity, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and Sweden were also expected to condemn Chinese cyber efforts.
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