Charges have been filed against Chinese government officials in response to alleged “hacking” against United States business interests, according to an official government document and an article published by the KVNU News website. The article indicates that this is the first time in history where “the U.S. government has formally accused another nation of using the Internet to break into U.S. businesses and gain unfair economic advantage.” A situation like this could cause a serious aftermath in an already chaotic world of cyber crime and unstable online activity.
The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had prepared earlier to immediately announce these charges which include “economic espionage and theft of trade secrets“, according to the KVNU report. Charging a total of five individuals “tied to the Chinese military” would, according to the article, carry “enormous diplomatic implications.” These charges document simple accusations of “stealing information related to a nuclear power plant and information from a company that made solar panels.”
The article states that the intelligence community in the United States has believed for some time that “the Chinese government has been engaged in a state-sponsored campaign to hack U.S. interests and steal research and development.” The report notes that U.S. officials see these efforts directly affecting “national security.” According to the KVNU report, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other U.S. government officials making an announcement regarding these charges – will result in the Chinese officials becoming “wanted men.” It has not been confirmed if these officials will be “taken into custody” now that the charges are public, according to the article.