The US 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.
In some cases, it alleges, the conspirators stole trade secrets. In other cases, it alleges, the conspirators also stole sensitive, internal communications.
"The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case is significant and demands an aggressive response," US Attorney General
The five Chinese hackers were each charged with 31 offences.
Late last year, reports emerged that clandestine hardware modifications to donated computers could represent a potential security threat to governments in the
Computers manufactured by
In 2009, Canadian researchers reported that an electronic spy network, based mainly in
Meanwhile, the latest leak from
In an internal newsletter in
"Here's how it works: shipments of computer network devices (servers, routers, etc,) being delivered to our targets throughout the world are intercepted. Next, they are redirected to a secret location where [NSA] employees... enable the installation of beacon implants directly into our targets' electronic devices. These devices are then re-packaged and placed back into transit to the original destination. All of this happens with the support of intelligence community partners..." the document revealed.
The NSA thus gains access to entire networks and all their users.
There is no reason to suppose that the equivalent technology is beyond the reach of the Chinese, with delivery being accomplished not necessarily by intercepting shipments but by simple gifts. Amongst regional governments that have received donated computers from
Signed a bilateral agreement with
As recently as September of last year, the Chinese government supplied
Received 30 desktop computers, six laptop computers and computer accessories last year, courtesy of the government of
The Royal Grenada Police Force has received a number of Chinese-supplied computers.
The Chinese government has so far supplied some 30,000 laptop computers for
In 2011, the
The clandestine tampering of personal computers by intelligence services goes back to the infancy of such devices. Some 30 years ago, a blind eye was effectively turned to an illegal shipment of
Of the government offices in 103 countries said by Canadian researchers to have been electronically infiltrated by the Chinese, how many are in the
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