Skip to comments.U.S. charges four Chinese military hackers in 2017 Equifax breach
Posted on 02/10/2020 9:46:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind
WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - The United States has charged four Chinese military hackers in the 2017 breach of the Equifax credit reporting agency that affected nearly 150 million American citizens, Attorney General William Barr said Monday.
"This was one of the largest data breaches in history," Barr said of the theft, which came to light in the summer of 2017. The indictment charges four members of the Chinese Liberation Army, he said.
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Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with hacking the computer networks of U.S. credit rating giant Equifax and stealing the companys trade secrets and the personal data of nearly half of all Americans, U.S. law enforcement officials announced on Monday.
The 2017 Equifax data breach, one of the largest of its kind in history, resulted in the theft of about 150 million Americans’ names, birth dates, and social security numbers and the drivers license numbers of at least 10 million Americans.
“The scale of the theft was staggering, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference. “This theft not only caused significant financial damage to Equifax but invaded the privacy of many millions of Americans, and imposed substantial costs and burdens on them as the have had to take measures to protect against identity theft.
The four Chinese accused of carrying out the Equifax hack were members of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Armys 54th Research Institute, according to a nine-count federal indictment returned on Jan. 28 in the Northern District of Georgia, The were identified as Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei and face charges of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit economic espionage and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The four have not been arrested.
The Justice Department does not normally bring criminal charges against members of a foreign countrys military or intelligence services. This is only the second time that federal prosecutors have charged members of the Chinese military , and it comes amid heightened U.S. concerns about Chinese economic espionage and theft of intellectual property.
“Today, we hold PLA hackers accountable for their criminal actions, and we remind the Chinese government that we have the capability to remove the internets cloak of anonymity and find the hackers that nation repeatedly deploys against us, Barr said.
In 2014, the Justice Department indicted five members of the PLAs cyber espionage arm with stealing confidential business information from U.S. companies and a trade organization.
The FBI is conducting roughly 1,000 investigations into suspected Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property, with many expected to result in criminal charges against individuals and companies later in the year, U.S. law enforcement officials said last week.
We also know their names:
The four Chinese accused of carrying out the Equifax hack were members of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Armys 54th Research Institute, according to a nine-count federal indictment returned on Jan. 28 in the Northern District of Georgia.
They were identified as Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei and face charges of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit economic espionage and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The four have not been arrested.
1. Rumors abound that the Chinese lost control of a biological warfare development project in Wuhan and accidentally released 2019-nCoV
2. The Chinese government is telling its people that the bug is an American biowarfare agent released to kill Asians. Many people believe that.
3. The U.S. government says the Chinese military hacked Equifax.
What’s #4? Seems to be some tit-for-tat going on here.
[[They were identified as Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei ]]
Not AOC, Ilhan, Tlaib, and Maxine Waters?
Why is Equifax still in business?
That one was the final straw for me. I locked my credit. The 4th major breach of my data in 2 years.
The team that first identified Coronavirus was the famous researchers:
Sum Ting Wong and
Seems like an inappropriate way to deal with an act of espionage by members of a hostile foreign military acting under orders from that hostile foreign government. Those men will never stand trial and will receive no punishment. There needs to be some other form of retaliation...
My credit was so miserable, the four hackers mailed me up$20 each!
The four have not been arrested.
Nor will they be at least not until they stop rolling in the isles
Sum Ting Wong
Wi Tu Lo
Ho Lee Fuk
Bang Ding Ow
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