Chinese metal firms may have obtained US data

May 20, 2014 | 04:48 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  hacking, China, Baosteel, Chinalco, State Nuclear Power Technology, U.S. Steel, Alcoa, Alleghenty Technologies ATI

CHICAGO — Some of China’s biggest metal firms, as well as a Chinese nuclear power company, may have gained access to confidential information both from competitors and joint-venture partners in the United States that allegedly was stolen by Chinese military hackers.

Baosteel Group Corp., Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd. (Chinalco) and State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. Ltd. (SNPTC) are not named in a U.S. indictment, unsealed May 19, that details an alleged years-long plot to break into the computer systems of U.S. companies, including Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI), U.S. Steel Corp., Alcoa Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, as well as the United Steelworkers union.

But comparing company press releases, government records and AMM archives to the 56-page indictment appears to reveal the names of the three state-owned entities (SOEs) referenced in the Justice Department document.....

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