WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is preparing to announce criminal charges Monday in an international cyber-espionage case, an official said.
Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal law enforcement officials were expected to reveal the new indictments later Monday, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the case by name in advance of the announcement.
The indictments will accuse individuals of participating in cyber-espionage on behalf of a foreign government, the official said.
The identity of the targeted individuals and entities was not immediately clear.
This official described the prosecution as the first of its kind for the U.S. government.
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.
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. China has said that it faces a major threat from hackers, and the country's military is believed to be among the biggest targets of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command.