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US charges 4 Chinese officers in hack

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The US has charged four Chinese military officers over the huge cyber-attack on credit rating giant Equifax.

More than 147 million Americans were affected in 2017 when hackers stole sensitive personal data including names and addresses.

Some UK and Canadian customers were also affected.

Announcing the indictments, Attorney General William Barr called the hack "one of the largest data breaches in history".

According to court documents, the four are allegedly members of the People's Liberation Army's 54th Research Institute, a component of the Chinese military.

They spent weeks in the company's system, breaking into security networks and stealing personal data, the documents said.

The nine-count indictment also accuses the group of stealing trade secrets including data compilation and database designs.

The whereabouts of the suspects is unknown and it is highly unlikely that they will stand trial in the US.

FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said: "We can't take them into custody, try them in a court of law, and lock them up - not today, anyway."

 

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I think laws should be considered that make the death penalty an option for hackers whose actions cause deaths.  

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spartan max2

These China cyber attacks really should be bigger news in the media. They don't talk about it enough.

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Gromdor

Huh, now why would China want the credit ratings and personal information of half of America?   It's not like we have very many people in sensitive positions with a large portion of debt that they could financial subvert. <sarcasm>

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OverSword

It's a bit ridiculous to assume these guys were operating outside the parameters of their regular duties don't you think?  Maybe we need to make a formal complaint against China and move to have them censured by the UN.  We might also want to make it clear that we view this as an act of aggression and that such actions may cause us to retaliate. 

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preacherman76

I personally blame Russia for this. 

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Raptor Witness

Congrats to the DOJ. Thank you ....

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