China accused of running industrial cyberespionage operation to steal US aviation and technological data

Between 2010 and 2015, Chinese operatives together with hackers and company insiders working at a facility in Jiangsu, China, allegedly engaged in a major industrial cyberespionage operation targeting a US – French manufacturing company developing a turbofan engine for commercial planes, the US Department of Justice announced this week.

“For the third time since only September, the National Security Division, with its US Attorney partners, has brought charges against Chinese intelligence officers from the JSSD and those working at their direction and control for stealing American intellectual property,” said John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

Employees recruited into the state-sponsored hacking operation infected the computer with malware, but they tried to get rid of it and cover their tracks when it was detected, the Department of Justice said.

The two alleged Chinese operatives, Zha Rong and Chai Meng, were employees

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