US accuses Chinese officials of cyberspying2014-05-20 11:19 by Daniela
The US Justice Department accused five Chinese military officers of stealing data from six US companies and unions on Monday, inaugurating a major escalation of tensions with China over economic spycraft. Some of the companies who were hacked included US Steel Corp, United Steel Workers Union, Westinghouse, Alcoa, SolarWorld and Allegheny Technologies.
The indictment alleging economic espionage and theft of trade secrets marked the first such case brought against foreign government officials, and was seen by some analysts as symbolically important.
In response, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang described the US move as "based on fabricated facts" and "grossly violates the basic norms governing international relations and jeopardizes China-US cooperation and mutual trust".
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