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Apr 6, 2010

China-based cyber-spies targeted India: researchers

BEIJING (Reuters) – A cyber-espionage group based in southwest China stole documents from the Indian Defense Ministry and emails from the Dalai Lama’s office, a group of Canadian researchers said in a report released Tuesday.

The cyber-spies used popular online services, including Twitter, Google’s Google Groups and Yahoo mail, to access infected computers, ultimately directing them to communicate with command and control servers in China, according to the report, “Shadows in the Cloud.”

Mar 31, 2010

Some Yahoo email accounts hacked in China, Taiwan

BEIJING (Reuters) – Yahoo email accounts of some journalists and other users whose work relates to China were compromised in an attack discovered this week, days after Google announced it would move its Chinese-language search services out of China due to censorship concerns.

Some journalists in China and Taiwan found they were unable to access their accounts beginning March 25, among them Kathleen McLaughlin, a freelance journalist in Beijing. Her access was restored on Wednesday, she told Reuters.

Mar 29, 2010

Rio Tinto China trial verdict due Monday

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese court will deliver a verdict on Monday against four Rio Tinto employees accused of accepting bribes and stealing commercial secrets in a case closely watched by foreign investors and the domestic steel industry.

The court will also rule on a second case, that of Tan Yixin, an executive at Shougang Corp, China’s eighth-largest steel mill, who was detained around the same time as Rio’s Stern Hu, a Chinese-born Australian citizen, and his Chinese colleagues at Rio Tinto <RIO.L><RIO.AX>.

Mar 28, 2010

Closed Rio trial violated Chinese law, scholar says

BEIJING, March 28 (Reuters) – China’s decision to bar
Australian diplomats from part of an Australian Rio Tinto
executive’s trial was in violation of Chinese law as well as
consular agreements, a prominent legal scholar said on Sunday.

Verdicts and sentences are due on Monday in the trial of
Australian citizen Stern Hu and three Chinese colleagues on
charges of bribery and stealing commercial secrets.

Mar 26, 2010

China steel sale halts comeback for Rio Tinto witness

BEIJING, March 26 (Reuters) – Billionaire steel mogul Du
Shuanghua, the surprise witness at the trial of Rio Tinto
employees in Shanghai this week, has failed in plans to re-enter
the steel industry after his takeover target was sold to a
state-owned conglomerate instead.

The sale of Shijiazhuang Steel came three days before the
trial of four Rio Tinto <RIO.AX><RIO.L> employees charged with
bribery and stealing commercial secrets.

Mar 24, 2010

Q+A: What is China’s Rio Tinto trial about?

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Four Rio Tinto steel executives who admitted taking bribes to conduct business in China face a last day in court on Wednesday, with proceedings focused on allegations they stole commercial secrets.

Here are some questions and answers about the case:

WHO ARE THE ACCUSED AND WHAT ARE THE CHARGES?

Australian Stern Hu and Chinese colleagues Liu Caikui, Ge Minqiang and Wang Yong, who worked for the Anglo-Australian miner, were detained in July and formally arrested in August.

Mar 24, 2010

Rio trial showcases steel mogul’s struggle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The surprise star of the Rio Tinto trials, entering their final day in Shanghai on Wednesday, was the billionaire founder of one of China’s most aggressive private steel mills.

Written testimony from Du Shuanghua, founder of Rizhao Steel, gave a hint of how Rizhao had used its contracts with the giant international miner to leapfrog into the ranks of the largest private Chinese steel mills.

Mar 24, 2010

Rio trial enters final day with spotlight on kickbacks

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Four Rio Tinto steel executives who admitted taking bribes to conduct business in China face a last day in court on Wednesday charged also with stealing commercial secrets.

Australian Stern Hu, head of the China iron ore business, and three Chinese employees of giant miner Rio Tinto have already pleaded guilty to the bribery charges, but contest the amounts alleged by prosecutors.

Mar 23, 2010

Rio staff face secrets charge after admitting bribes

SHANGHAI, March 23 (Reuters) – Four Rio Tinto executives,
including Australian Stern Hu, faced charges of stealing
commercial secrets in China on Tuesday, the second day of a
trial that has already brought confessions to taking bribes.

Hu and three Chinese employees of giant miner Rio — Liu
Caikui, Ge Minqiang and Wang Yong — contend the amount of
kickbacks they took were far lower than the sums alleged by
prosecutors, lawyers and domestic media said.

Mar 23, 2010

Trial of four Rio Tinto employees enters second day

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Four Rio Tinto executives, including Australian Stern Hu, face charges of stealing commercial secrets in a Shanghai court on Tuesday after admitting to bribes in iron ore negotiations with China.

Hu and three Chinese employees of giant miner Rio — Liu Caikui, Ge Minqiang and Wang Yong — face jail terms of up to 20 years on the bribery charges alone, according to a lawyer for one of the accused.

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      "I am the Reuters Insider correspondent in China, where I have lived for ten of the last 15 years. Prior areas of coverage include political and general news, as well as commodities and energy policy and markets."
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