The Department of Justice charged Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui, five members of China’s People’s Liberation Army, with economic espionage. The five are accused of hacking American companies including Westinghouse, United States Steel and Alcoa.
The five reportedly worked as members of the “Comment Crew” or “Shanghai Group” at a 12-story white office tower on a Chinese Army base in the outskirts of Shanghai. Last year, the building was identified as the source of multiple attacks on the U.S. government and American corporations.
Since there’s a better chance of the Cubs winning the 2014 World Series, Kim Jong-un becoming a world class sprinter and the Tea Party endorsing Hillary Clinton for president than these Chinese soldiers coming to the United states and standing trial, what’s the point? To get somebody’s attention or maybe to get everybody’s attention both here and in China.
In Michael S. Schmidt’s New York Times piece, John Carlin, an assistant Attorney general for national security, talked about the damage done by Chinese hackers. ”He said that while SolarWorld was rapidly losing its market share to Chinese competitors that were pricing exports well below costs, the hackers were stealing cost, pricing and strategy information from SolarWorld’s computers. And while Westinghouse was negotiating with a Chinese state-owned enterprise over the construction of nuclear power plants…hackers stole trade secret designs for components of those plants.”
This link will take you to Michael Schmidt’s complete New York Times article.