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Chinese espionage hackers targeting U.S. maritime industry

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An image of China's President Xi Jinping is seen on an exhibition. Photo: AFP / Getty Images

Researchers at FireEye announced Friday that they've seen an influx of what are believed to be Chinese spies hacking computer systems at U.S. engineering and maritime firms, particularly those with interests in the South China Sea.

Why it matters: Most spying is just that — spying. This does not mean that China is trying to sabotage the U.S. maritime industry. It does, however, offer a glimpse of what Beijing's intelligence priorities are.