US DoJ China Charges, a Small Formality in Something Much Bigger

Eric HolderYou have probably already read about US Department of Justice (DoJ) Attorney General Eric Holder formally charging five Chinese military persons of economic espionage against Westinghouse, SolarWorld, U.S. Steel, ATI, USW, and Alcoa. Many in the industry and beyond find this accusation absolutely absurd given the current allegations against the US. We are accusing them of something that we are accused of. Sounds silly, right? Maybe not so… Don’t look at this as some absurd indictment but more of a small, and perhaps irrelevant, formality that is required for something much larger that we have yet to see. That’s just how large bureaucratic organizations role. So step back, look at the big picture, and comment below on what this larger strategic goal could be.

via Justice.gov

A grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania (WDPA) indicted five Chinese military hackers for computer hacking, economic espionage and other offenses directed at six American victims in the U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar products industries.

The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to hack into American entities, to maintain unauthorized access to their computers and to steal information from those entities that would be useful to their competitors in China, including state-owned enterprises (SOEs). In some cases, it alleges, the conspirators stole trade secrets that would have been particularly beneficial to Chinese companies at the time they were stolen. In other cases, it alleges, the conspirators also stole sensitive, internal communications that would provide a competitor, or an adversary in litigation, with insight into the strategy and vulnerabilities of the American entity.

“This is a case alleging economic espionage by members of the Chinese military and represents the first ever charges against a state actor for this type of hacking,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. “The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case is significant and demands an aggressive response. Success in the global market place should be based solely on a company’s ability to innovate and compete, not on a sponsor government’s ability to spy and steal business secrets. This Administration will not tolerate actions by any nation that seeks to illegally sabotage American companies and undermine the integrity of fair competition in the operation of the free market.”

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5 comments for “US DoJ China Charges, a Small Formality in Something Much Bigger

  1. May 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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  2. May 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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  3. May 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

    @attrc my thoughts… Basically some rung they have to jump through in route to something bigger. http://t.co/GVlVZdIOmu

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