U.S. Justice Department charges two Chinese nationals linked to hacking, identity theft, wire fraud

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Two Chinese nationals, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department on indictments including conspiracy to commit intrusions against a dozen companies in the US and around the world, identity theft and wire fraud.

Both Mr. Zhu and Mr. Zhang have been linked to hacking group "Advanced Persistent Threat 10" and have been found to have stolen information from 45 U.S. tech companies and government agencies, whilst working under orders from Beijing.

The same group has been responsible for the hacking of a U.S. Navy database, acessing over 100,000 personnel data and over 25 technology orientated companies.

The U.S. along with several other ally countries such as, U.K., Germany, Australia, Japan and Canada have all condemned the actions.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated that, “China will find it difficult to pretend that it is not responsible for this action."

Meanwhile FBI’s Director Cristopher Wray aired his opinion on the issue, "China's goal, simply put, is to replace the U.S. as the world's largest global superpower."

These events could not come at a more delicate time, as trade negotiations may be slightly harder to agree upon between Washington and Beijing.



Source: Smart Trend Team