U.S. Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh is accusing the Chinese government hackers of stealing private methods for creating a lightweight steel. The complaint filed with the International Trade Commission said a Pittsburgh researcher’s computer was hacked in 2011. The ITC is deciding whether they need to investigate the matter further.
China’s Commerce Ministry advised U.S. to discard the complaint since they are “completely without factual basis.”
The plans that were apparently stolen included the chemistry for the alloy and its coating, the temperature for heating and cooling the metal, and the layout of the production lines. The hackers stole designs that were made for U.S. Steel’s most valuable products, a metal called Dual-Phase 980. After the hacking occurred, according to the World Steel Association, a Chinese steel company called Baosteel Group Corp. had a new line of products, including the Dual-Phase 980. Baosteel explains these accusations as “complete nonsense.”
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