On November 27, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division Dana J. Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Soo C. Song, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division Robert Johnson announced the unsealing of an indictment charging three Chinese nationals with computer hacking, theft of trade secrets, conspiracy, and identity theft from 2011 to May 2017.  The indictment charged these three individuals, employed by the Chinese Internet security firm Guangzhou Bo Yu Internet Technology Company Limited (“Boyusec”), with conspiring to steal documents, communications, and proprietary customer information from three U.S.-based corporations. Two of the charged individuals were founders and equity members of Boyusec; the third was a Boyusec employee.  To gain unauthorized access to the victim corporations’ information, the conspirators allegedly used a variety of hacking techniques, including sending phishing emails with malicious attachments to the employees of target corporations.  The three victims identified in the indictment were Moody’s Analytics, Siemens AG, and Trimble, Inc.  U.S. v. Wu Yinzhuo et al., 17-247 (W.D. Pa.)

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