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U.S. Charges Five Chinese Military Hackers With Online Spying

From left: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin on May 19 at the Department of Justice in Washington
From left: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin on May 19 at the Department of Justice in WashingtonPhotograph by Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Justice Department today announced the indictment of five Chinese military hackers for online spying against U.S. steel, nuclear power, and solar companies, marking the first charges of this kind by the U.S. against another state.

The U.S. charges that the five conspired to break into the computers of major U.S. companies, including Alcoa, and steal trade secrets that provided competitive advantage to Chinese state-owned companies, according to an indictment unsealed today in the Western District of Pennsylvania.