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Li Xiaoyu, and Dong Jiazhi, targeted intellectual property and confidential business information held by companies related to coronavirus treatment, testing, and vaccines, he said. The two men allegedly worked with the Chinese Ministry of State Security and the Guangdong State Security Department to conduct a “sweeping global computer intrusion campaign,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said during a news conference.
Pharmaceutical and defense companies, high-tech manufacturing, makers of medical devices, gaming software corporations, and solar energy companies were among the industries the two focused on.
The hackers were first discovered after they targeted a U.S. Department of Energy network in Hanford, Washington, the Justice Department said. The hackers also targeted companies in Australia, South Korea, and several European nations. The hackers used known but unpatched vulnerabilities in widely used web server software to break into their victims’ networks. By gaining a foothold onto the network, the hackers installed password-stealing software to gain deeper access to their systems. The prosecutors said that the hackers would “frequently” return to the networks — in some cases years later.
According to the indictment, the hackers stole “hundreds of millions of dollars” worth of trade secrets and intellectual property. The prosecutors also allege that the hackers stole data related to military satellite programs, military wireless networks, and high-powered microwave and laser systems from defense contractors.
The hackers are said to have targeted their victims on behalf of China’s intelligence services but also hacked for personal financial gain. Prosecutors said in one case, the hackers “sought to extort cryptocurrency” from a victim company by threatening to publish the victim’s stolen source code online.
Li Xiaoyu Age
Li Xiaoyu is 34 years old.
Two Chinese hackers have been charged with attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine research from government agencies and private companies, the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday.
“According to the indictment, these malicious cyber activities began more than 10 years ago and were ongoing as of the date of the indictment,” Demers said. “During that time, the hackers stole terabytes of data from hundreds of targets, establishing themselves as a prolific threat to the U.S. and foreign networks.”
The charges allege the hackers also tried to access the accounts of non-governmental organizations, dissidents, clergy, and human rights activists in the US, China, and Hong Kong.
Li and Dong focused on high-tech companies in the US, Britain, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, Spain, South Korea, and Sweden.
The indictments, filed in US District Court in Washington show that Beijing is using cyber thefts as part of a worldwide campaign to “rob, replicate and replace” non-Chinese companies in the global marketplace, the Justice Department said.
Demers also noted in his remarks that China is providing a “safe haven” for criminals in exchange for their work.
“China has now taken its place, alongside Russia, Iran and North Korea, in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cybercriminals in exchange for those criminals being ‘on-call’ to work for the benefit of the state, here to feed the Chinese Communist Party’s insatiable hunger for American and other non-Chinese companies’ hard-earned intellectual property, including COVID-19 research,” the assistant attorney general said.