The US justice department has announced criminal charges against two hackers said to be connected to China’s main intelligence service.
Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong allegedly targeted networks in the US and allied countries to steal commercial secrets.
They are part of a “hacking group” known as Advanced Persistent Threat 10, according to the charges.
Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden were also reportedly targeted.
Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong worked for a company called Huaying Haitai and in association with the Chinese Ministry of State Security, the indictment says.