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DOJ announces charges against Chinese nationals for 2017 Equifax security breach

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DOJ announces charges against Chinese nationals for 2017 Equifax security breach

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Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington, as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Seth Ducharm looks on. Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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UPDATED 10:43 AM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020

The Department of Justice recently announced charges against several Chinese nationals in connection with the massive Equifax data breach.

In a news conference Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army were behind the hack that affected 150 million Americans.

The 2017 breach resulted in the theft of names, social security numbers and personal information of American citizens as well as the theft of trade secrets from Equifax. The hack has been described as one of the largest in history.

“This kind of attack on American industry is of a piece with other Chinese illegal acquisitions of sensitive personal data,” stated Attorney General Barr. “For years, we have witnessed China’s voracious appetite for the personal data of Americans.”

The indictment charges the alleged hackers with computer fraud, conspiracy to commit economic espionage and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

This comes as the Trump administration continues to warn of the “growing political and economic influence” of China.

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