Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Three Chinese charged by United States with hacking

Three Chinese charged by United States with hacking

United States prosecutors in Pittsburgh in May 2014 indicted five officers from the secretive unit 61398 with hacking into USA nuclear, metal and solar firms to steal trade secrets.

The Justice Department charged three Chinese hackers on Monday with conducting cyber attacks against US and global financial and technology firms and stealing confidential business information. Filings with a government-run credit database show that Boyusec was deregistered November 11. Boyusec's listed phone number rang unanswered, and an email to a company address didn't immediately elicit a response.

Beginning in at least 2013, the defendants "and others known and unknown to the grand jury" used spearphishing emails containing malicious attachments or customized malware to hack into networks used by us and foreign businesses, according to the indictment.

"APT3 is a capable operator, carrying out cyber-espionage activity against a wide range of targets, though their activity has decreased in recent years", said Bryce Boland, Asia Pacific chief technology officer at FireEye. But a Justice Department spokesman told Cyberscoop News that it reached out to the Chinese government during the October 3 Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Dialogue in Washington, seeking assistance, but "received no meaningful response".

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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the said Chinese nationals were residents of Guangzhou in China and were running a cyber security firm named Boyusec. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday that he was unclear on the details, adding that China opposes hacking.

According to the USA indictment, Messrs.

The three defendants have been identified as Wu Yingzhuo, Dong Hao and Xia Lei.

The Chinese company has not commented on the charges.

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The three Chinese nationals have been charged with one count for conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse, one for conspiring to commit trade secret theft, one for wire fraud, and four counts for aggravated identity theft.

"Trimble responded to the incident and concluded that there is no meaningful impact on its business", the company says in a statement.

Two US government officials told Reuters that Guangzhou Bo Yu, also known as Boyusec, is affiliated with the People's Liberation Army Unit 61398, and that most if not all its hacking operations are state-sponsored and directed.

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