Chinese Military Hackers Charged in Equifax Theft

Four Chinese military hackers were charged over the 2017 Equifax cyberattack that affected 147 million credit reports. The indictment by US prosecutors said the hackers were part of a Beijing-backed group, APT10, that has been blamed for past attacks. “We hold [the Chinese military] hackers accountable for their criminal actions, and we remind the Chinese government that we have the capability to remove the internet’s cloak of anonymity and find the hackers that nation repeatedly deploys against us,” said attorney general William Barr.

Equifax, whose weeks-long delay in patching a vulnerable web server allowed the hackers to steal names, addresses, drivers license numbers, social security numbers and credit card data, settled with the FTC for about $575 million in fines after the incident was uncovered.

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