U.S. officials have accused China’s army and China-based hackers of launching attacks on American industrial and military targets, often to steal secrets or intellectual property.
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The Justice Department is preparing to announce criminal cyber-espionage charges against Chinese military officials, in what U.S. government sources say is the first such case brought against state actors.

Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal law enforcement officials were expected to reveal the new indictments later Monday morning.

Officials plan to announce charges related to cyber-espionage and theft of trade secrets. They plan to name officials who, while working for the Chinese government, were allegedly hacking into U.S. businesses and stealing information.

John Carlin, recently installed as head of the Justice’s National Security Division, has identified the prosecution of state-sponsored cyber threats as a goal for the Obama administration.

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