US Accuses Chinese Officials Of Cyber-Spying

The US has charged five Chinese hackers with economic espionage and trade secret theft.

The indictment accuses the five of targeting US nuclear power, metals and solar products industries.

The alleged victims are brand-name companies including Alcoa and Westinghouse.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that the US will not tolerate foreign government efforts to sabotage American companies.

The US believes China stole military trade secrets costing American businesses billions of dollars a year.

In filing the charges, the US Justice Department is publicly accusing Chinese individuals with such cyber-spying for the first time.

Sky News’ Dominic Waghorn in Washington says the charges are “unprecedented”.

US officials have accused China’s army and China-based hackers of launching attacks on American industrial and military targets, often to steal secrets or intellectual property.

Last September, President Barack Obama discussed cyber-security issues with his Chinese counterpartXi Jinping when the two met on the sidelines of a summit in St Petersburg, Russia.

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19 May 2014 | 3:10 pm – Source:

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