The US Justice Department has charged two Chinese spies with stealing jet engine blueprints through a series of online hacks over the course of five years.
Zha Rong and Chai Meng work for the Chinese government’s state security ministry (JSSD), the US government claims, and collaborated with six hackers and two moles at the Chinese office of a French aerospace company to steal the plans, the indictment reveals.
The spies used a variety of online hacking techniques including spear phishing, malware and domain hijacking to steal employee logins and hack their way further into the company’s computer systems – as well as those of a number of other aerospace companies based in the United States.
By Kieren McCarthy
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