Two Chinese nationals have been indicted for hacking COVID-19 vaccine research and the intellectual property of companies in the United States and other countries, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.
The Chinese hackers also targeted human rights activists in the United States and Hong Kong, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said.
The hackers were working with China’s Ministry of State Security, Demers said.
The indictments come as US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday he plans to visit China this year, as Washington takes a tougher stance against Beijing in the disputed South China Sea.
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