Two Chinese hackers have been charged with allegedly stealing information about Covid-19 vaccine projects and violating the intellectual property of companies in the United States and other countries, the US Department of Justice reported Tuesday.
Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, are also accused of attacks on United States and Hong Kong human rights activists, Assistant Attorney General for Homeland Security John Demers said at a conference press in Washington.
They acted for “their own benefit”
The hackers, who are allegedly based in China outside the reach of the US police, sometimes acted “for their own personal gain” and for the Chinese Ministry of State Security, Demers said.
“Cyber crimes directed by the intelligence services of the Chinese government threaten not only the United States, but also the rest of the countries that support fair play, international standards and the rule of law,” said FBI deputy director David Bowdich. .
For his part, US Attorney William Hyslop said that hackers attacked companies around the world.
“The computer systems of many companies, individuals, and agencies across the United States and around the world have been hacked and compromised, and there are a wealth of sensitive and valuable trade secrets, technologies, data, and personal information that have been stolen,” Hyslop denounced.
The Justice Department explained in turn that the attacks targeted “hundreds of companies, governments, non-governmental organizations and dissidents, clerics and democratic and human rights activists in the United States and abroad, including Hong Kong and China.” .