Cyber Spies Busted

By Steve Handelsman

Published 05/19 2014 03:30PM

Updated 05/19 2014 03:45PM

(NBC News) The United States Justice Department has publicly accused China of cyber spying.  

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that a U.S. Grand Jury has indicted five Chinese individuals with cyber espionage charges.

The charges allege these individuals, members of the Chinese military, targeted five American companies one trade union, stealing trade secrets.

The companies targeted include United States Steel, Westinghouse, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies,
and Solar World, as well as the United Steel Workers Union.

China's Foreign Ministry responded with a strongly worded statement saying the indictment was made up and will damage cooperation and mutual trust and as a result, they have suspended activities of the Sino-U.S. Internet Working Group.

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