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US Indicts 3 Chinese Nationals on Hacking Charges

FILE - The exterior of the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is seen in a July 14, 2009, photo.

Three Chinese nationals were accused of hacking computers in three corporations, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

Wu Yingzhuo, Dong Hao and Xia Lei were indicted Monday by a grand jury "for computer hacking, theft of trade secrets, conspiracy and identity theft" and intentionally causing damage to those computer systems.

The charges were brought by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Special Agent in Charge Robert Johnson of the FBI's Pittsburgh Division.

Three corporations, Moody's Analytics, Siemens AG, and Trimble, Inc. were the victims of the alleged attacks, which took place between 2011 and May 2017.