U.S. prosecutors have charged two Chinese nationals, said to be working for China’s state intelligence bureau, for their alleged involvement in a massive global hacking operation that targeted hundreds of companies and governments for more than a decade.
“China has now taken its place, alongside Russia, Iran and North Korea, in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cyber criminals in exchange for those criminals being ‘on call’ to work for the benefit of the state, here to feed the Chinese Communist party’s insatiable hunger for American and other non-Chinese companies’ hard-earned intellectual property, including COVID-19 research,” said John C. Demers, U.S. assistant attorney general for national security.
Jul 21, 2020— BenTallmadge (@BenKTallmadge) July 21, 2020
Two Chinese Hackers Working with the Ministry of State Security Charged with Global Computer Intrusion Campaign Targeting Intellectual Property and Confidential Business Information, Including China Virus Research -
Two Chinese hackers are accused of targeting COVID data, defense secrets and personal data in a decade-long global theft operation, according to the Department of Justice https://t.co/nR1jvmKTBJ pic.twitter.com/EpgCI33WSe— Reuters (@Reuters) July 21, 2020
U.S. authorities said Chinese nationals, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, participated in a multiyear cyber espionage campaign that stole weapons designs, drug information, software source code as well as targeting dissidents and Chinese opposition figures https://t.co/v1hHeSaTzW pic.twitter.com/wKo7K1akmh— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) July 21, 2020
More on the two 🇨🇳 Chinese hackers charged with stealing #COVID19 vaccine research:— woppa 🎗😷 (@Woppa1Woppa) July 22, 2020
"These two were on call on available as consultants to the Chinese government to hack into places the Chinese wanted to hack into, such as personal info on Chinese dissidents in HK and US" pic.twitter.com/jcr1o9vhuJ
"The 11-count indictment charges Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi with a wide-ranging conspiracy to hack computers and steal terabytes of trade secrets and other data beginning more than a decade ago and continuing to the present."https://t.co/Y0mSJyaWUJ— Sailor Michael⚓✈ (@Megawatts55) July 21, 2020
Breaking: Feds indict two Chinese nationals for allegedly trying to hack, steal coronavirus research | Just The News https://t.co/zRtxLV1Ocs— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) July 21, 2020
U.S. Attorney Bill Hyslop says "the total of victims" targeted by the two Chinese hackers indicted today is "in the hundreds."— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) July 21, 2020
He points to incidents of the two hacking biotech firms working on anti-viral research and #Covid19 vaccines as recent as May 12, 2020 pic.twitter.com/C457h1Tlnf
Read the newly unsealed indictment below - it's well worth the time.