USA TODAY: U.S. accuses China of cyber espionage


U.S. accuses China of cyber espionage

WASHINGTON — The U.S. accused Chinese military officials of hacking into several U.S. enterprises, including Westinghouse and U.S. Steel, to steal “significant” amounts of trade secrets and intellectual property in an indictment made public Monday. It is the first time the U.S. has charged a state actor in a criminal cyber espionage case. The Chinese hackers, using military and intelligence resources, downloaded massive amounts of industrial information, including strategic plans, from U.S. businesses, the indictment said. In addition to Westinghouse Electric and U.S. Steel, victims included SolarWorld, United Steel Workers Union, Allegheny Technologies Inc.and Alcoa.

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