US Charges 5 Chinese Officials In Cyberspying Case – FBI Issues ‘Most Wanted’ Notice For Wang ‘Ugly Gorilla’ Dong And 4 Other Chinese Army Officers

US charges 5 Chinese officials in cyberspying case (RT, May 19, 2014):

A grand jury in the United States has indicted five members of the Chinese military with hacking into American computer networks and engaging in cyber espionage on behalf of a foreign government.

A grand jury in the United States has indicted five members of the Chinese military with hacking into American computer networks and engaging in cyber espionage on behalf of a foreign government.

The individuals — all allegedly officers of an elite cyber squad within the People’s Liberation Army, US federal prosecutors said Monday — are accused of hacking six American entities and stealing valuable trade secrets and other sensitive business information on behalf of China.

Among those that were targeted, the Department of Justice says, are nuclear technology developer Westinghouse and a large integrated specialties metal company headquarter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as the computer system of a major steelworkers union.

According to US officials, the hackers are all members of the PLA’s prestigious but highly secretive Unit 61398, which a well touted investigation conducted in by cybersecurity firm Mandiant in 2013 revealed to be responsible for targeting no fewer than 141 companies across 20 major industries, including Lockheed Martin, the Chertoff Group and Coca-Cola, all from a 12-story office building in Shanghai.

FBI Issues “Most Wanted” Notice For Wang “Ugly Gorilla” Dong And 4 Other Chinese Army Officers (ZeroHedge, May 19, 2014):

Presented with no comment… From Gu “KandyGoo” Chunhui to Wang “Ugly Gorilla” Dong… here are the FBI’s current Public Cyber Enemies #1 through 5.

WANTED-By-The-FBI

  • Wen Xinyu: Alias – “WinXYHappy”, “Win_XY”, Lao Wen – Wen controlled victim computers.
  • Sun Kailiang: Alias – Jack Sun –  held the rank of captain during the early stages of the investigation, was observed both sending malicious e-mails and controlling victim computers.
  • Huang Zhenyu: Alias – “Hzy_lhx” – Huang was a computer programmer who managed the domain accounts used by the others.
  • Wang Dong: Alias – Jack Wang, “Ugly Gorilla” – Wang controlled victim computers.
  • Gu Chunhui: Alias – “KandyGoo” – Gu tested malicious e-mail messages and also managed the domain accounts used by the others.

On May 1, 2014, a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania indicted five members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for 31 criminal counts, including: conspiring to commit computer fraud; accessing a computer without authorization for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain; damaging computers through the transmission of code and commands; aggravated identity theft; economic espionage; and theft of trade secrets.

The subjects were officers of the PRC’s Third Department of the General Staff Department of the People’s Liberation Army (3PLA), Second Bureau, Third Office, Military Unit Cover Designator (MUCD) 61398, at some point during the investigation. The activities executed by each of these individuals allegedly involved in the conspiracy varied according to his specialties. Each provided his individual expertise to an alleged conspiracy to penetrate the computer networks of six American companies while those companies were engaged in negotiations or joint ventures or were pursuing legal action with, or against, state-owned enterprises in China. They then used their illegal access to allegedly steal proprietary information including, for instance, e-mail exchanges among company employees and trade secrets related to technical specifications for nuclear plant designs.

Source: FBI

 

1 thought on “US Charges 5 Chinese Officials In Cyberspying Case – FBI Issues ‘Most Wanted’ Notice For Wang ‘Ugly Gorilla’ Dong And 4 Other Chinese Army Officers

  1. Oh, dear, those poor, abused greedy gut corporations, and now they have the US suing China on their behalf.
    Is there no depth to which we will not crawl to divert the public from the real show……the real one is the endless work to protect world reserve currency status….regardless such a service is no longer necessary, it has become obsolete, thanks to technology.
    So, we are going to get the five greedy guts of China on behalf of Pepsi? Give me a friggin’ break, we look more stupid every damn week.
    Sue away, sue away, nothing will come of it.
    This is no longer a world of law, but of greedy guts.
    If we still had a world of law, they would be pulling Japan in front of the world court for mass genocide. But, not one move on that front.
    What a joke we have become. I am sick. I wish my ancestors had not served in the American Revolution and had stayed home in England.

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