This case is first of its own kind in which the prosecutors have formally accused members of a foreign government with economic espionage charges.
"The feds also have charged the makers of the malicious software the Chinese allegedly used to steal information from the American firms." NBC reported.
American-Chinese Espionage game is not new, a series of high-profile cases put Chinese hackers in headlines around the world; but this indictment will definitely send strong message to China and other countries, especially Russia and Iran.
published the summary of the Indictment in a blog post, named 'Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui,' chinese officers, who are currently working in Unit 61398 of the Third Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Indictment also listed the affected American organisation, Westinghouse Electric Co. (Westinghouse), U.S. subsidiaries of SolarWorld AG (SolarWorld), United States Steel Corp. (U.S. Steel), Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI), the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW) and Alcoa Inc.The FBI conducted the investigation and accused them for hacking listed organisation during years 2006-2014 and applied total 31 counts charges, for:
- Conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse
- Accessing (or attempting to access) a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain
- Transmitting a program, information, code, or command with the intent to cause damage to protected computers
- Aggravated identity theft
- Economic espionage
- Trade secret theft