U.S. Charges Chinese Citizens with Hacking More Than 100 U.S. Companies

Headline Roundup September 16th, 2020

On Wednesday, the Justice Department charged five Chinese citizens with allegedly hacking over 100 United States companies and institutions, including social media and video game apps, and universities and communications providers. While the five charged have not been arrested, the DOJ reported two alleged conspirators were arrested in Malaysia this week and will face extradition. These indictments come after the DOJ also charged four Chinese researchers with visa fraud in an alleged effort to gain scientific and technological knowledge in July.

Outlets from all sides of the political spectrum tended to frame the story as another example of "escalating tensions" between the U.S. and China.

U.S. Charges Chinese Citizens with Hacking More Than 100 U.S. Companies

From the Center
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Federal prosecutors unsealed charges on Wednesday against five Chinese citizens that officials say appear linked to Chinese intelligence, accusing them of hacking more than 100 companies in the U.S. and overseas, including social-media firms, universities and telecommunications providers.

Two Malaysian businessmen were arrested Monday in Malaysia and accused of conspiring with some of the Chinese hackers to profit from intrusions into the videogame industry, Justice Department officials said.

The charges, laid out in three separate indictments, build on several other cases brought against accused Chinese hackers during the Trump administration,...

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From the Left
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The Justice Department said on Wednesday that a group of hackers associated with China’s main intelligence service had infiltrated more than 100 companies and organizations around the world to steal intelligence, hijack their networks and extort their victims.

The United States government presented the allegations in a set of three indictments unsealed on Wednesday that showed the scope and sophistication of China’s attempts to unlawfully advance its economy and to become the dominant global superpower through cyberattacks. The indictments also said some of the hackers had worked with Malaysian nationals...

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From the Right
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The personal details of US military commanders and thousands of prominent Americans have been amassed since 2017 by a Chinese technology company with reported ties to the country’s military and intelligence networks, according to a report on leaked data.

A database of about 2.4 million people, including at least 50,000 Americans, was compiled by the small Chinese company called Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology, the Washington Post reported.

The massive trove — called the Overseas Key Information Database, or OKIDB — includes biographies and service records of the US military commanders,...

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