The USA has charged four Chinese army hackers in the 2017 breach of the Equifax credit reporting company that affected almost 150 million Americans, Attorney General William Barr stated on Monday.
The announcement is the newest in an aggressive campaign by American authorities to root out Chinese espionage practices in the US. Since turning the focus on China two years ago, the US has snared a growing group of Chinese authorities officers, businessmen, and academics pursuing American secrets and techniques.
Approximately 147 million people’s information had data, including Social Security numbers, start dates, and driver’s license data, compromised by the Equifax attack.
The hackers spent weeks in the Equifax system, breaking into computer networks, stealing firm secrets and techniques, and personal information. The hackers routed visitors through roughly 34 servers located in almost 20 nations to obfuscate their true location.
U.S. delegates have stated Chinese hackers had been behind a massive theft at the Office of Personnel Management, which came to light back in 2015 and involved the compromise of delicate private information submitted by candidates for U.S. government safety clearances.
That breach uncovered the names, Social Security numbers, and addresses of over 22 million present and former U.S. federal workers and contractors, in addition to 5.6 million fingerprints.
Chinese hackers are equally suspected of being behind a large breach at resort group Marriott International Inc.