Friday, 15 December, 2017

U.S. charges three Chinese for hacking American corporations

Chinese firm indicted in US court for fraud after hacking into networks of Siemens and Moodys DOJ indicts three Chinese nationals over hacks on Siemens, Moody's, and Trimble
Sammy Stanley | 29 November, 2017, 01:04

A federal indictment unsealed Monday in Pittsburgh says the trio's targets included Siemens AG, Moody's Analytics in NY and Trimble Inc.in Sunnyvale, California.

"We've tracked their activity back to 2007 and they are one of the most technically advanced state-affiliated actors in China", said Adam Meyers, CrowdStrike VP of intelligence, in an email to Fast Company.

According to the DoJ, the hackers conducted their operations with the primary goal of copying or stealing confidential data from affected computers, as well as sensitive victim employee information such as usernames and passwords.

According to the indictment unsealed Monday, the three individuals - Wu Yingzhuo, Dong Hao and Xia Lei - are all owners, employees or associates of a Chinese cybersecurity company called Boyusec.

Cyber attacks have been a bone of contention between the United States and China for some years.

In May of that year, U.S. prosecutors indicted five members of the People's Liberation Army on charges related to the theft of intellectual property from U.S. companies (see The Real Aim of U.S. Indictment of Chinese).

Prosecutors allege that the men used these techniques to gain access to the network of German technology giant Siemens in May and June 2014. US-based Trimble provides technology for various industries. The hackers are also accused of stealing 407 gigabytes of data from Siemens' network in 2015, as well as information on Trimble products created to improve the location-tracking abilities of mobile devices "in a cost-effective way".

The trio worked at or with a Chinese cybersecurity firm in Guangzhou.

The Journal described the indictment as part of "name-and-shame campaign to publicize alleged foreign hackers", and noted it did not accuse the Chinese government of backing the three's actions.

Trimble spent millions of dollars over three years developing a GNSS product that uses a low-priced antenna to improve location data for tablets and mobile phones, the indictment says. It says no client data was breached.

Moody's Analytics provides products and services for financial analysis and risk management. It added that between 2011 and May of this year, the hackers 'conspired to hack into private corporate entities in order to maintain unauthorized access to, and steal sensitive internal documents and communications from such private companies.

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