The FBI announced an indictment of two Chinese men, on Tuesday, who worked at times for the Chinese Communist Party getting data and confidential information from private companies around the world, which resulted in a massive theft of intellectual property, betrayal of liberty activists and resulting in the loss of 100 Millions of dollars for their victims.
“The Chinese Communist Party and now Russia are threatening to weaken America’s pandemic response by stealing U.S. coronav**us research. Their theft threatens U.S. scientific research, health and national security and must not go unchecked,” Republican Rep. Frank Lucas from Oklahoma, Ranking Member of Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Republicans.
According to the FBI press release, the two were charged “with hacking into the computer systems of hundreds of victim companies, governments, non-governmental organizations, and individual dissidents, clergy, and democratic and human rights activists in the United States and abroad, including Hong Kong and China.
Two Chinese Hackers Working with the Ministry of State Security Charged with Global Computer Intrusion Campaign Targeting Intellectual Property and Confidential Business Information, Including COVID-19 Research
The campaign targeted intellectual property and confidential business information held by the private sector, including #COVID19-related treatment, testing, and vaccines. https://t.co/F50oQCLWtP pic.twitter.com/iVfxCL86AZ
— FBI (@FBI) July 21, 2020
The case is concerning considering the ongoing escalations of China and the Chinese Communist Party.
During the press conference today, Deputy Director Bowdich reiterated the threat that the Chinese government poses to our nation’s information and intellectual property and our economic and national security. https://t.co/MZqU7v4Rfe pic.twitter.com/b5r3PIdwh7
— FBI (@FBI) July 21, 2020
In the press release, the FBI said, “The complicated nature of cyber investigations is only exacerbated when the criminal is backed by the resources of a foreign government. The nature and value of the material stolen by these hackers cannot just be measured in dollars and was indicative of being state-driven. This case demonstrates the FBI’s dedication to pursuing these criminals no matter who is sanctioning their activities,” said Special Agent in Charge Raymond Duda of the FBI’s Seattle Division.
This news comes at a time when the news of a highly popular for making videos, called TikTok, is being labeled at “spyware” by many cybersecurity experts.
The FBI said they are protecting individuals and private business:
“Today’s indictment demonstrates the serious consequences the Chinese MSS and its proxies will face if they continue to deploy malicious cyber tactics to either steal what they cannot create or silence what they do not want to hear,” said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich. “Cybercrimes directed by the Chinese government’s intelligence services not only threaten the United States but also every other country that supports fair play, international norms, and the rule of law, and it also seriously undermines China’s desire to become a respected leader in world affairs. The FBI and our international partners will not stand idly by to this threat, and we are committed to holding the Chinese government accountable.”
“The cybercrime hacking occurring here was first discovered on computers of the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Eastern Washington. As the grand jury charged, the computer systems of many businesses, individuals and agencies throughout the United States and worldwide have been hacked and compromised with a huge array of sensitive and valuable trade secrets, technologies, data, and personal information being stolen. The hackers operated from China both for their own gain and with the assistance and for the benefit of the Chinese government’s Ministry of State Security. This prosecution is occurring as a result of the combined unwavering efforts of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We seek justice for these victims and others affected and we intend to prosecute these defendants for their alleged crimes,” said U.S. Attorney William D. Hyslop for the District Eastern District of Washington.
The victims could be countless.
— Catherine Wen (@catherinewzh) July 21, 2020
TikTok has helped spawn a bizarre movement of bored medical staff making very odd videos during the global pandemic shutdown, that has continued for months.
— Good Things Guy (@GoodThingsGuy) July 21, 2020
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776