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Mainland Chinese Hackers Charged with Intellectual Property Theft

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on 20 December that two mainland Chinese hackers have been charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of all these charges, the defendants could spend up to 27 years in prison.

Justice alleges that through their involvement with the Advanced Persistent Threat 10 (APT10) hacking group the defendants conducted global campaigns of computer intrusions targeting, among other data, intellectual property and confidential business and technological information at a range of entities from at least in or about 2006 up to and including in or about 2018. These entities included managed service providers, which are companies that remotely manage the information technology infrastructure of businesses and governments around the world, more than 45 technology companies in at least a dozen U.S. states, and U.S. government agencies.

The APT10 group targeted a diverse array of commercial activity, industries and technologies, including aviation, satellite and maritime technology, industrial factory automation, automotive supplies, laboratory instruments, banking and finance, telecommunications and consumer electronics, computer processor technology, IT services, packaging, consulting, medical equipment, healthcare, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas exploration and production.

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