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U.S. Says China Hackers Stole Secrets, Sought Virus Data

  • Terabytes of data worth ‘hundreds of millions’ taken: DoJ
  • Hackers worked on behalf of Chinese ministry, U.S. says
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Watch: The U.S. accused two Chinese hackers of stealing terabytes of data on behalf of Beijing from companies in 11 western nations. (Source: Bloomberg)
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The U.S. accused two Chinese hackers of working for Beijing to steal or try to steal terabytes of data, including coronavirus research, from Western companies in 11 nations -- the second time in a week a foreign nation has been singled out for vaccine-related hacking.

The Justice Department released an indictment Tuesday against the individuals, whom it identified as Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi. It said that the two men were assisted by China’s Ministry of State Security and that defense contractors and weapons systems were hacked along with medical research.