Chinese spies hacked aerospace companies for years, Justice Department says

A group of Chinese spies worked for years to hack aerospace companies and steal aircraft technology secrets, the Justice Department said today, as it announced the indictment of 10 people accused of stealing companies’ confidential information.

According to the department, Chinese intelligence officers and their operatives worked to steal the technology behind a turbofan engine used in commercial airliners. The scheme allegedly went on from at least early 2010 until May 2015, and targeted an unnamed French aerospace company that was working on the engine with a US company.

Chinese intelligence officers allegedly hacked the French company, as well as aerospace companies in several states and the United Kingdom….

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