The U.S. has accused Chinese military of cyber attack and will respond in US court, according to reports. The US says Chinese government hackers attacked several U.S. enterprises to steal trade secrets and other intellectual property.
The suit follows the move in April by Defense Secretary Hagel to brief China on US military cyber capability and plans. Hagel hoped the Chinese would respond with similar openness, but they did not.
From USA Today:
It is the first time the U.S. has charged a state actor in a criminal cyber espionage case.
Federal law enforcement sources said the Chinese hackers, using military and intelligence resources, downloaded massive amounts of industrial information, including strategic plans, from U.S. businesses. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to announce the indictment, billed as a national security case, at 10 a.m. at the Justice Department.
According to CNBC,
Details of the charges are to be announced by Attorney General Eric Holder later on Monday.
The charges will name several individuals who are Chinese government employees, according to a U.S. official. “They used military and intelligence facilities to commit cyber espionage against U.S. companies,” the official said.
In April, the Waschington Times reported,
Speaking Tuesday to People’s Liberation Army students at the National Defense University, Mr. Hagel said that, as part of a U.S.-China cyber working group, the administration has expressed “concerns about Chinese use of networks to perpetrate commercial espionage and intellectual property theft.”
But instead of pressing the Chinese to curb cyberattacks, the defense secretary said the Pentagon has sought to “be more open about our cyber capabilities, including our approach of restraint.” He said that, for the first time ever, the Pentagon had provided Chinese officials with a briefing on U.S. doctrine on cyber capabilities.