Washington, May 20 (): A U.S. grand jury has accused five Chinese military officials with cyber-espionage charges of stealing American trade and technology secrets in segments such as solar energy and nuclear power through hacking and cyber-espionage, the U.S. Justice Department said. The department has accused China publicly of cyber-spying for the first time.
The U.S justice department has alleged that the five Chinese officers had hacked the computers of the U.S. companies to steal the trade secrets. This charge is the major intensification in the fight between the world’s largest trading partners.
The accusation, made on Monday, marks the first time the U.S. government has publicly accused employees of a foreign power with cybercrimes against American firms.
At a press conference, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said this is a case charging of economic spying by associates of Chinese military to get advantage of their state-owned firms and other benefits in China. Further, he said it represents the first ever charges against known state performers for penetrating into United States commercial objectives by cyber means. The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in the case is very significant and it stresses an aggressive response, he added.
On releasing the indictment, Eric Holder and other law enforcement officials said they were putting a human face on the influence of computer hacking and Chinese cybercrimes.
An indictment is just an accusation and a defendant in the United States is supposed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The six American victims in the U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar products industries were also released. Those supposed victims are U.S. subsidiaries of SolarWorld AG; Westinghouse Electric Co.; United States Steel Corp.; the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union; Alcoa Inc and Allegheny Technologies Inc.
The Justice Department recognised the officers as Wang Dong, Wen Xinyu, Sun Kailiang, Gu Chunhui and Huang Zhenyu.