U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the Department of Justice charged Chinese hackers in a 10-year computer intrusion campaign that targeted confidential business information, including COVID research.

"This indictment reveals yet again that Chairman Xi leads an army of hackers that steal and attempt to steal — every single day, in almost every country and industry. Indictments like this are an important way to focus attention on an urgent problem, but we need to be using more of the tools at our disposal to fight back against this communist aggression."

Background: Last month, Sasse introduced the Protecting American Intellectual Property Act with Senator Van Hollen (MD) that would impose sanctions on foreign actors who attempt to steal American IP.