WASHINGTON (apro) – The United States Department of Justice formally charged four officials of the Hainan Department of Security, China, with two crimes related to cyber attacks, to the detriment of various United States and world entities.
It is “a campaign to hack computerized systems of dozens of victims and companies such as universities and government entities in the United States and abroad between 2011 and 2018,” reported the Department of Justice of the government of Joe Biden.
Last Friday a grand jury in the Federal Court of San Diego California, upheld the accusation against Ding Xiaoyang, Cheng Qingmin, Zhu Yunmin and Wu Shurong, officials of the Department of Security of China.
At the global level, the accusation was also made by the countries of the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), arguing that the Chinese government hacked the servers of the Microsoft company to spread a cyber virus globally.
“Much of the conspiracy was a theft from various sectors of information significant for the economic benefit of companies and sectors in China that allowed them to divert resources for research and development processes,” reported the Biden government.
In a press conference call at the White House, officials from the Biden presidency indicated that the Chinese government’s irresponsible behavior in cyberspace is inconsistent with its goals of being a leading and responsible nation in the world.
“The United States and countries around the world are making clear their concerns about China’s malicious cyber activities, which force us to promote defense networks and cyber security to dismantle threats to our economy and national security,” explained one of the officials during the teleconference.
Among other nations that joined the indictment against the government and the four Hainan agents stand out, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.
The US indictment contends that the four defendants in collaboration with the Department of Security conspired to obfuscate the role of the Chinese government in the theft of information by establishing a shell company, Hianan Xiandun Technology Development Co., Ltd., which had been operating since Hainan province.
The Justice Department directly accuses Ding, Cheng and Zhu of coordinating, facilitating and issuing orders to the hackers and translators operating in the shell company.
Wu, in particular, is accused by the Justice Department of having created the virus (malware) and inducing it into computerized systems of foreign governments, companies and universities.
The victims of this cyber espionage include people from the United States, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland and Great Britain.
Industries subject to China’s criminal acts are in the aviation, defense, education, public health, pharmaceutical and maritime sectors, according to the US Department of Justice.
“Among the stolen kidnappings are sensitive technological information to develop autonomous submersible vehicles, chemical formulas, commercial aeronautical services, sequences and genetic technology and information that helped China develop its projects of the rapid train transportation system,” said the Justice Department.