US charges five Chinese and two Malaysians for wide-ranging hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Justice Department said on Wednesday it has charged five Chinese residents and two Malaysian businessmen in a wide-ranging hacking effort that encompassed targets from videogames to pro-democracy activists. “We know the Chinese authorities to be at least as able as the law enforcement authorities here and in like-minded states to enforce laws against computer intrusions,” Rosen said. The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately return an email seeking comment. Beijing has repeatedly denied responsibility for hacking in the face of a mounting pile of indictments from US authorities. The Justice Department said the pair operated through a Malaysian firm called SEA Gamer Mall.

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