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WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens for allegedly 100 companies and institutions in America and abroad.
They have been accused of also hacking Indian government’s networks, and stealing valuable software data and business intelligence, PTI reported.
Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on Wednesday announced that three indictments have been unsealed in the matter that collectively charge five Chinese nationals with computer hacking and two Malaysian nationals for helping some of those hackers target victims and sell the data.
The Malaysian nationals were arrested on Sunday and the Chinese nationals have been declared fugitive, according to a Justice Department statement, the report added.
In the attacks, the conspirators installed ‘Cobalt Strike’ malware on Indian government-protected computers, it added.
According to the charges, the computer intrusions affected over 100 companies in the United States and abroad.