This is intimidation tactic and we can clearly see through that, a kick-back at the Huawei case. China can have its own inventions that U.S. poaches. This will get ugly. This indictment smells like a skunk.
This is South China Morning Post’s take:
China slammed by US and more than a dozen allies for ‘massive hacking campaign to steal trade secrets and technologies’
- The Trump administration calls out China for efforts to steal other countries’ trade secrets and compromise government computers
- The US says the massive hacking efforts violate the terms of agreements reached in late 2015
The United States called out China on Thursday for what it said were Beijing’s sustained efforts to steal trade secrets and technologies from at least 12 countries in an enormous hacking campaign – a move that aims a major blow at Beijing during negotiations to ease a trade war that is wreaking havoc on the global economy.
The US Justice Department announced criminal indictments against two accused hackers associated with the Chinese government. Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, who the US say acted on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS), were charged with conspiracy to hack into a dozen companies and government agencies in the US and around the world.
According to the indictment, filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, a group of hackers known as APT10, for Advanced Persistent Threat 10, conducted extensive campaigns of global intrusions into computer systems since at least 2006.
The defendants worked for Huaying Haitai Science and Technology Development Company in Tianjin, China, and acted on behalf of the MSS’s Tianjin bureau, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said on Thursday.
The indictment said the defendants stole data from companies in the US, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. See rest of the story here.
Bloomberg explanation here.