Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington,…
Attorney General William Barr announces that members of the Chinese military have been charged with hacking the computer networks of U.S. credit rating giant Equifax, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington.
Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with hacking U.S. credit reporting giant Equifax in 2017 and stealing the personal data of nearly half of all Americans, U.S. law enforcement officials announced on Monday.
In one of the largest data breaches in history, the four Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of Atlanta-based Equifax, stealing 145 million Americans' names, birth dates, and social security numbers, the driver’s license numbers of at least 10 million Americans, and the credit card numbers of about 200,000 U.S. citizens, according to a nine-count federal indictment returned last week. The four are also accused of stealing trade secrets, including database designs. “
The scale of the theft was staggering,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference in Washington. "This theft not only caused significant financial damage to Equifax but invaded the privacy of many millions of Americans, and imposed substantial costs and burdens on them as the have had to take measures to protect against identity theft.”
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