Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021

US Charges 4 Chinese Nationals Working With Spy Agency in Global Hacking Campaign

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Four Chinese nationals working with China’s top intelligence agency have been charged in a global hacking campaign to steal trade secrets and sensitive information from companies, universities, and government bodies. The charges were announced as the United States and allies, in a coordinated push on July 18, condemned the Chinese regime for sponsoring “malicious” cyberattacks against targets around the world. China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), the regime’s chief intelligence agency, is behind the deployment of these hackers, they said. The United States also attributed the massive hack of Microsoft disclosed earlier this year to hackers working for the MSS. The hackers charged were sponsored by the MSS and focused their theft on information that would significantly benefit Chinese companies, such as research and development processes, according to a statement by the Justice Department. The defendants and officials in the Hainan State Security Department, a provincial arm of the MSS, attempted …

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