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The US has filed espionage charges against hackers who allegedly spied on several US businesses, including Westinghouse and US Steel, on behalf of the Chinese military. Announced today, the charges allege that five officers in Unit 61398 of the Third Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) hacked into six US businesses “to steal information from those entities that would be useful to their competitors in China, including state-owned enterprises”. Two of the five individuals are being charged with supporting the alleged hacking through things like managing infrastructure. “This is a case alleging economic espionage by members of the Chinese military and represents…

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