US, Allies Slam China for Economic Espionage
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 23, 2018,
Dec 23, 2018, 13:52
China responded on Friday by accusing the USA of "fabricating facts". According to USA officials, those are industries related to "Made in China 2025" - a Chinese government plan to extend economic influence globally. The defendants worked for a company in China called Huaying Haitai Science and Technology Development Company, or Huaying Haitai, they said.
China on Friday rapped the United States for fabricating facts following the USA indictment of two Chinese nationals over alleged government-backed cyber hacking, saying the move "significantly violates a basic principle of global relations".
The group succeeded in stealing the "personally identifiable information" of more than 100,000 Navy personnel, including social security numbers, dates of birth and salary information, the indictment says. An indictment alleges that over a 12-year period APT10 "conducted extensive campaigns of global intrusions into computer systems".
The charges come amid growing tension between Washington and Beijing over trade policy, military friction in the South China Sea and Chinese ventures in Africa and Latin America.
The hackers were targeting companies in aviation, aerospace and satellite technology, as well as United States government agencies such as the Navy and NASA.
U.S. law enforcement officials described the case as part of a trend of state-sponsored hackers breaking into American networks and stealing trade secrets and confidential and valuable information.
The charges were unsealed on Thursday and announced by US Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who said the two men were part of a group whose cyber attacks gave China's intelligence service access to sensitive business information and China an unfair advantage in the global economy.
The APT10 Group is said to have targeted a diverse array of commercial activity, industries and technologies as well as government agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Therefore, China urged Washington to immediately correct this erroneous action and stop the digital security defamation, noting that Beijing will take the necessary measures to safeguard its own cybersecurity and interests.
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Those cases involved both hacking and recruiting insiders to steal data and IT system passwords.
"We may never know how many companies were impacted", said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to comment on the attacks.
Hacking by Chinese state-backed hackers dramatically escalated over the summer in response to the trade war with the US and military tensions in the South China Sea, said Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer of Carbon Black, whose company's threat-hunting tool is used in global cyber investigations.
After a 2014 indictment against five alleged Chinese hackers, and a subsequent agreement with the US, Beijing at least temporarily reduced its hacking activity, Silvers said.
The spokeswoman also warned that China will not tolerate any more unjustified criticism of alleged cyber theft, either from the White House or from other supporting powers, such as the United Kingdom.
And, according to reports, United States officials believe Chinese government-linked hackers were behind the theft of data on some 500 million guests of hotel giant Marriott, first reported on November 30.
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