CHINA MSS GUANGDONG STATE SECURITY DEPARTMENT HACKERS
Unauthorized Access; Conspiracy to Access Without Authorization and Damage Computers; Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Trade Secrets; Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud; Aggravated Identity Theft
On July 7, 2020, a grand jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington indicted Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi for their alleged participation in a long-running campaign of computer network operations targeting the networks of United States and foreign companies across a wide variety of industries, including high tech manufacturing; civil, heavy, and medical device engineering; business, educational, and gaming software; solar energy; pharmaceuticals; and defense. The indictment highlighted Li and Dong's alleged actions, including a recent focus on COVID-19 research, testing, and treatment; the targeting of political dissidents, religious minorities, and human rights advocates in mainland China, Hong Kong, the United States, and Canada; and the intrusions into corporate networks of countries in Europe and Asia.
Some of Li and Dong’s network operations were allegedly undertaken for their own economic benefits, while others were allegedly for the benefits of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), including the Guangdong State Security Department.