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U.S. Charges Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hacking


<b>U.S. Charges Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hacking</b>The breach was particularly severe because Social Security numbers and other sensitive data were stolen from nearly 145 million Americans.
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The Justice Department announced charges on Monday against four members of China's military on suspicion of hacking into Equifax, the credit reporting agency, in 2017 and stealing trade secrets and the personal data of about 145 million Americans, like names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of millions of Americans -- data that can be used to access information like medical histories and bank accounts. "This data has economic value, and these thefts can feed China's development of artificial intelligence tools," Mr. William Barr said. Chinese cyber attacks are becoming a global threat. In an article published by the Guardian on Thursday, August 8, 2019, it was revealed that a group of state-sponsored hackers in China ran spying operations for the Chinese government in 14 different countries. In a documented report, the cybersecurity firm FireEye said the hacking group APT41 was different to other China-based groups tracked by security firms in that it used non-public malware typically reserved for espionage to make money through attacks on video game companies. APT41, which has been in operation since at least 2012, had repeatedly gained access to game development environments, with a particular focus on in-game currency, according to FireEye.

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