Beijing has ordered its state-owned companies to cut ties with American consulting firms like McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group out of concern that they may leak state and trade secrets to American spooks, according to the Financial Times.
This news came just a few days after the American Justice Department publicly indicted five serving Chinese military officers on alleged corporate espionage charges. The unprecedented US move is part of a broader strategy to hit back at China’s growing cyber-attacks on American companies as well as government agencies.
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This is the first cyber-espionage case of its kind. US prosecutors say the officers stole trade secrets and internal documents from five companies and a labor union.
Those companies were Westinghouse Electric, US Steel, Alcoa Inc, Allegheny Technologies, SolarWorld, and the US Steelworkers Union. ttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27475324