Conspiracy to Damage Protected Computers and Commit Economic Espionage; Criminal Forfeiture


Zhu Yunmin
Wu Shurong
Ding Xiaoyang
Cheng Qingmin


On May 28, 2021, a federal grand jury in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California returned an indictment against four People’s Republic of China (PRC) citizens for their alleged roles in a long running campaign of computer network operations targeting trade secrets, intellectual property, and other high value information from companies, universities, research institutes, and governmental entities in the United States and abroad, as well as multiple foreign governments. The indictment alleges that Zhu Yunmin, Wu Shurong, Ding Xiaoyang, and Cheng Qingmin targeted the following sectors: aerospace/aviation, biomedical, defense industrial base, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, research institutes, transportation (rail and shipping), and virus research from 2012 to 2018, on behalf of the PRC Ministry of State Security.  Additionally, the indictment alleges the use of front companies by the PRC Ministry of State Security to conduct cyber espionage.


The four individuals are identified as:

ZHU Yunmin  朱允敏 (STC Codes: 2612/0336/2404)
Alias: Zhu Rong

WU Shurong  吴淑荣 (STC Codes: 0702/3219/2837)
Aliases: goodperson, ha0r3n, Shi Lei

DING Xiaoyang  丁晓阳 (STC Codes: 0002/2556/7122)  
Aliases: Ding Hao, Manager Chen

CHENG Qingmin  程庆民 (STC Codes: 4453/1987/3046)
Alias: Manager Cheng


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