According to multiple reports in U.S. media, the country’s Justice Department and FBI are about to charge a handful of Chinese officials over alleged state-sponsored hacking of American business interests, conducted for economic advantage.
China has long been accused of being an enthusiastic thief of trade secrets. In a 2013 report, the U.S. National Bureau of Asian Research claimed that as much as 80 percent of U.S. intellectual property theft could be traced back to the Middle Kingdom. Alleged targets have included everyone from universities and research institutes to firms operating in the aerospace and biotech fields – entertainingly, China showed off « new » fighter jet and drone designs last year that bore a striking resemblance to U.S. aircraft.
However, you’d be forgiven for finding this move a tad hypocritical, coming as it does in the wake of months upon months of revelations regarding the U.S.’s own hacking and espionage…
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