A report has been released which explains how 5 chinese hackers were arrested and charged after they had performed espionage on critical economic companies in the United States. This is the first time that the US has brought hacking charges towards another state actor.
The 5 Chinese cyber soldiers that are charged by the US grand jury were demanded to perform the operations in the name of China.
The announcement alleges that the Chinese government has conspired against American companies to steal critical information from business competitors.
The stolen information was then used by Chinese companies.
The hackers seem to have obtained information on:
- Nuclear power
- Solar products
Six other companies were also targeted by these hackers the US official explained:
Six American companies, including United States Steel Corp , Alcoa Inc and Allegheny Technologies Inc, and one labor union were victims of Chinese hacking attacks
Holder said in a statement that the US will not tolerate foreign government efforts to sabotage American companies.
The response of China on the charges were pretty simple, they stated that the United States and other government perform the same operations to obtain information.