U.S. charges seven in wide-ranging Chinese hacking effort


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U. S. Justice Department said on Wednesday it has charged five Chinese residents and two Malaysian businessmen in a wide-ranging hacking effort.

Federal prosecutors said five Chinese nationals had been charged with hacking more than 100 companies in the United States and abroad, including software development companies, computer manufacturers, telecommunications providers, social media companies, video game companies, nonprofit organizations, universities, think-tanks as well as foreign governments and pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong.

The government also said two Malaysian businessmen, Wong Ong Hua, 46, and Ling Yang Ching, 32, were charged with conspiring with two of the Chinese hackers to profit from computer intrusions targeting videogame companies in the United... (Read more)

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