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Update: The latest batch of indictments has been handed down. The DOJ has indicted two hackers for their alleged involvement in a global hacking campaign, carried out at the behest of the Tianjin office of China's MSS. The behavior allegedly happened over two time periods, one of which began in 2006, and the other beginning in 2014. They compromised more than 40 computers belonging to the US Navy.
Here's a breakdown of the indictment, courtesy of CNBC:
Prosecutors - Hackers - Operating - Connection - Government
Prosecutors accused the hackers of operating in connection with the Chinese government.
They are accused of stealing information from at least 45 U.S. tech companies and government agencies.
Agencies - Department - Energy - National - Laboratory
Agencies targeted included the Department of Energy's National Laboratory and NASA's jet propulsion lab.
The hackers also allegedly targeted defense industrial companies and managed service providers, as a way to gain entry to U.S. corporations and agencies through their suppliers.
Defendants - Zhu - Hua - Zhang - Shilong
The two defendants, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, were allegedly members of a group known as "Advanced Persistent Threat 10," or "APT10." The group was also known within the cybersecurity community as "Stone Panda," "Red Apollo" and "POTASSIUM."
APT10 allegedly hacked into more than 40 computers connected to the U.S. Navy and stole confidential data, including "the personally identifiable information of more than 100,000 Navy personnel."
Communications - Technology - Companies - Companies - Systems
They're also accused of hacking three communications technology companies, three companies "involved in manufacturing advanced electronic systems," a maritime technology company, an oil and gas company, and at least 25 other technology-related companies.
While whether they will ever end up in a US jail cell is an open question, there will be an Interpol warrant out for their arrest, meaning if they ever leave China, they will put themselves at risk.
Drumbeat - Indictments - Companies - Hackers - Actors
The steady drumbeat of indictments of Chinese companies, hackers and even bad actors allegedly working on behalf of China's Ministry of State Security in recent months has provoked...
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