PITTSBURGH (AP) – Federal prosecutors say four major manufacturing firms that are based or do much of their work in Western Pennsylvania were hacked by five Chinese army officials who allegedly stole trade secrets and other proprietary or sensitive information.
The indictment unsealed Monday says Westinghouse; U.S. Steel; Alcoa; and Allegheny Technologies Inc., or ATI, a specialty steelmaker, were targeted in the scheme that allegedly began in 2006.
Federal prosecutors from Pittsburgh will handle the case, which was announced Monday in Washington by Attorney General Eric Holder.
The other companies that were targeted are SolarWorld AG, a German company with operations in Oregon, and the United Steelworkers of America, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh.
Prosecutors say the companies were all in competition with Chinese firms or involved in unfair trade or related litigation.