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Two Chinese nationals indicted by DoJ for 12-year hacking campaign

By Cal Jeffrey · 11 replies
Dec 20, 2018
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  1. According to a Department of Justice press release, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The two are suspected of successfully infiltrating and stealing intellectual property from around 45 tech firms and government agencies including some in the United States.

    The indictments come only a week after the US Navy announced that China had hacked several of its contractors over the last 18 months and the NSA warned of attacks against “critical infrastructure.” However, these charges are unrelated.

    “The indictment alleges that the defendants were part of a group that hacked computers in at least a dozen countries and gave China’s intelligence service access to sensitive business information,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “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 international rules in return for the privilege of participating in the global economic system.”

    The pair belonged to a hacking group called APT10 (Advanced Persistent Threat 10), which allegedly worked under orders from the Chinese government’s Tianjin State Security Bureau. They had apparently been conducting intrusions into various systems around the world since 2006.

    The DoJ did not list specific companies or agencies, but targets included the theft of intellectual property from firms engaged in aviation, satellite and maritime technology, industrial factory automation, automotive supplies, laboratory instruments, banking and finance, telecommunications and consumer electronics, computer processor technology, information technology services, packaging, consulting, medical equipment, healthcare, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas exploration and production.

    “As a nation, we cannot, and will not, allow such brazen thievery to go unchecked,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York. However, the press release did not mention what actions would be taken or if the suspects were even in custody.

    China has long maintained that it does not conduct or encourage cyber warfare and that it will thoroughly investigate any credible allegations of attacks coming from within the state. We will have to see whether it considers these indictments “credible.”

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,134   +3,559

    A bit of fake news here .... the television news is naming a number of companies affected by this action .....
  3. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,643   +397

    I don't even watch television. I was reporting from a press release, which did not name names.
    Evernessince and cliffordcooley like this.
  4. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 223   +146

    2 Chinese and they make it sound like a war broke out. *lol*
    Uncle Al and petert like this.
  5. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Addict Posts: 239   +88

    I seem to recall from history that wars broke out from less significant events so I wouldn't count it out. Probably China's top 2 guys there.
    Eldritch likes this.
  6. Eldritch

    Eldritch TS Addict Posts: 116   +108

    You are viewing events in isolation and hence you don't get the whole picture. If you also read the news that Chinese employee charged with stealing tech secrets from battery manufacturer which was also reported today, other news about espionage and tech theft almost daily then a clearly defined picture of co-ordinated state sponsored strikes emerges.
    But yeah sure, only two people, right? Let's pretend nothings wrong.
  7. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 223   +146

    That’s a good one! *lol*
    The USA was stealing technology even back in the days, when there was no Internet. Under the pretext of saving us from the Soviet Union, they “monitored” all the telephone cables.
    We’ve seen plenty of US companies patenting European technology. Some even were so bold, to use the German faxes, for doing so. Still, US courts ruled in favor of the US companies, although it was blatantly obvious who was the inventor and who just a thief.
    Imagine that! Somebody steals your invention and patents it using images from YOUR FAX, which “US intelligence” (the mob) captured to protect you against the USSR!
  8. Eldritch

    Eldritch TS Addict Posts: 116   +108

    So if a guy is a murderer then all others shall commit murder too?

    All this blame shifting and attention diverting is simply childish ploy of morally bankrupt people.

    What China does is unethical and criminal and we are talking about that as the article is about that. Is it so hard to understand?

    But nooooo, lets talk about something done by some other country to divert the attention away from China.
  9. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 223   +146

    Your diverting from the fact that your country (the USA) has been acting A LOT more "unethical and criminal" than China ever has.
  10. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 223   +146

    "You're", that is (can't edit typos).
  11. Eldritch

    Eldritch TS Addict Posts: 116   +108

    *Tries to derail discussion from topic at hand multiple times.
    *Acts worried about typos.

    Yeah, sure mate.
  12. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Addict Posts: 239   +88

    Hmmm...but we don't see people rushing to enter China now do we? Why does the U.S. have such a big immigration problem? Oh yea...because we are the best damn Country in the world.

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