UPDATE 1-U.S. charges 7 in wide-ranging Chinese hacking effort

WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that it had charged five Chinese residents and two Malaysian businessmen in a wide-ranging hacking effort. Federal prosecutors said five Chinese nationals had been charged with hacking over 100 companies in the United States and abroad, including software development companies, computer…

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department

said Wednesday that it had charged five Chinese residents and

two Malaysian businessmen in a wide-ranging hacking effort.

Federal prosecutors said five Chinese nationals had beencharged with hacking over 100 companies in the United States andabroad, including software development companies, computermanufacturers, telecommunications providers, social mediacompanies, video game companies, non-profit organizations,universities, think tanks as well as foreign governments andpro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong. Thegovernment also said two Malaysian businessmen were charged withconspiring with two of the Chinese hackers to profit fromcomputer intrusions targeting the video game industry.(Reporting by David Shepardson, Susan Heavey, Raphale Satterand Mark Hosenball; Editing by Alex Richardson and ChizuNomiyama)

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