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China’s Clock-Punching Hackers Show Spying as Routine Job

Five Chinese men indicted for stealing thousands of e-mails and documents from U.S. companies had classic hacker nicknames. Yet one thing made them different: their clock-punching day jobs.

Known by handles including UglyGorilla, WinXYHappy and KandyGoo, they worked from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with scheduled two-hour lunch breaks, according to a report by online security company FireEye Inc. Rarely working on weekends, the Shanghai-based team acted more like public servants than the stereotype of basement-dwelling loners working around the clock.