Caught in the Act: 5 Chinese Spies Indicted by the US Justice Department

Alleged spies may have cost American companies millions in revenue and job loss.
2:43 | 05/19/14

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United States is making an unprecedented charge against another country the Chinese. Charging a team that Chinese spies with stealing American inventions and costing a lot of American jobs. The director of the FBI exclusively talked to ABC's senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas today saying that in essence. The Chinese seem to feel why build that if you can just steal it. These are the faces of five Chinese government's prize. Indicted today by the Justice Department accused of spying on American companies. Crossing the millions of dollars and causing thousands of Americans to lose their jobs. This is a case alleging economic espionage by members of the Chinese military. The five alleged military spies computer hackers from China -- shot every unit 61398. They worked out of this office building in Shanghai. Their alleged target the US energy and metals industry Chinese hackers penetrated computers -- US steel. -- cola Westinghouse Allegheny Technologies. And solar world. The stolen information in back. For example by allegedly hacking US steel the Chinese spies learned to manufacture steel more cheaply causing world steel prices to plunge. Then US steel saw its profits plunged. And was forced to cut production and lay off workers these victims are tired. But being raided. This 21 century burglary has to stop. In an exclusive interview with ABC news FBI director James -- -- the alarm about the growing Chinese threat. There's only two kinds of corporations big corporations in America those who have been hacked by the Chinese are those who don't yet know they've been -- by the Chinese. The amount -- theft that's going on is simply staggering. The FBI director also pointed to a different case today. This -- showing even American homes are grist to hackers 100 people in eighteen countries arrested for developing a malicious software called black states. Allowing them to secretly take control of people's personal computers to spy on them through their web cameras. Miss teen USA -- wolf was a victim. Her private nude photos stolen. -- not science fiction mean these criminals have the ability to reach in and watch you. To record your keystrokes to take pictures of what you're looking -- and then to use your computer. To victimize your neighbors to -- -- harvest your computer into a zombie network. The Chinese Government called the charges bogus but the FBI director bluntly told me he has the evidence that proves they did it. And those five military officers ever leave -- they better be looking over their shoulders I am going after the spies of -- the world tonight thank you summit.

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