US Charges 5 Chinese Military Officers With Cyberspying

Claim Hacking Effort Aims to Steal Trade Secrets The U.S. on Monday made cyberespionage charges against five Chinese military officials accusing them of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets. Attorney General Eric Holder says the companies affected were Alcoa World Alumina, Westinghouse Electric, Allegheny Technologies, U.S. Steel and SolarWorld as well as the United Steelworkers union. According to the indictment, the hackers are accused of stealing trade secrets and economic espionage. China denounced the first-of-their-kind charges on Monday and state-run Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang had called U.S. Ambassador Max Baucus to a meeting Monday night. Zheng lodged a “solemn representation with the U.S. side,” Xinhua said, using standard diplomatic language for a complaint. A U.S. Embassy spokesman said he had no immediate comment. The diplomatic move marks a serious escalation the diplomatic move, which marks an escalation in a dispute that has deeply...

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