Attorney General announces hacking charges against Chinese army workers

May 19, 2014: 9:02 AM ET

Five individuals are accused of hacking into U.S. companies.

FORTUNE -- Five individuals in the Chinese military are in the digital doghouse with the U.S. Justice Department.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced charges against the individuals for allegedly using government facilities to hack into U.S. companies, including SolarWorld, US Steel (X), Alcoa (AA), Westinghouse (WAB) and the US Steelworkers Union.

"This case should serve a s a wake up call to the seriousness of the ongoing cyber threat," said Holder during his press conference.

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