In an announcement on Wednesday, the Justice Department unsealed charges pending against five Chinese nationals who are still in China. They are being charged with hacking and other computer crimes against over 100 companies that are in the US and overseas. The companies include social media companies, universities, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and even activists and politicians in Hong Kong. The indictments say the hackers stole source code, customer account data, and other information for more cyber crimes as well as ransomware attacks and unauthorized cryptocurrency mining.
Two Malaysian businessmen were also arrested for connections with two of the Chinese hackers. They are being charged for conspiring with the Chinese hackers and profiting from “computer intrusions targeting the video game industry.” The men are facing extradition.
Microsoft, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Verizon, and other tech companies assisted with the investigation against the hackers. It is reported that the hackers are from a group called Advanced Persistent Threat 41, also known as APT41, which is a Chinese cyber firm that is linked to several counts of malicious cyber activity. The Chinese Communist Party has allowed Advanced Persistent Threat 41 to operate.
Sources: Content-The New York Post, Next Gov Photo- wnyc.com