Chinese Hacking Groups Continue to Threaten U.S.-based Businesses and Personnel

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Friday, May 17, 2019
Alex Psilakis

On May 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the federal grand jury indictment of a Chinese hacking group accused of stealing the information of more than 78 million individuals. The indictment charges Fujie Wang, alongside other members of the hacking group, including a John Doe, with four counts: “one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and related activity in relation to computers and identity theft, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and two substantive counts of intentional damage to a protected computer.” The indictment alleges that Wang and his fellow hackers broke into four U.S.-based businesses, including Anthem, Inc., a health insurance company, alongside companies based in the technology, basic materials, and communications sectors, which the indictment refers to as Victim Businesses 1, 2, and 3. The hacking group applied a variety of techniques to break into these businesses’ computer networks, including spearfishing and malware.