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US announces aviation hacking charges against Chinese agents

01 November 2018

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has charged 10 agents from the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security (JSSD), part of the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS), with conspiring to steal sensitive commercial aviation data via cyber intrusions.

As the prime agency for intelligence and security in China, the MSS oversees counter-intelligence, foreign intelligence, and political security. In a statement released on 30 October, the DoJ alleged that “Chinese intelligence officers and those working under their direction, which included hackers and co-opted company insiders, conducted or otherwise enabled repeated intrusions into private companies’ computer systems in the United States and abroad for over five years”, from at least January 2010 to May 2015.

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