China Says Cyber Indictments ‘Seriously Damaged’ US Cooperation

China has responded strongly to the U.S. indictments of two nationals for alleged cyberattacks on more than 45 American companies and government departments, saying the charges “seriously damaged” cooperation between the two nations.

The strong rebuttal came in the face of charges claiming the individuals – Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong – stole sensitive data from a vast number of organizations working as part of a hacking crew dubbed APT10, which is linked to the Chinese government. A spokesperson with the Chinese embassy in London said the charges were “egregious” and “gravely violated the basic norms governing international relations and seriously damaged China-US cooperation.”

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