U.S. federal agencies revealed criminal charges against five computer hackers, all of whom were residents and nationals of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). All were charged of computer intrusions affecting over 100 victim companies in the United States and abroad, including software development companies, computer hardware manufacturers, telecommunications providers, social media companies, video game companies, non-profit organizations, universities, think tanks, and foreign governments, as well as pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong.
The United States Department of Justice charged two Chinese hackers with global computer intrusion campaign to target intellectual property and confidential business information, including COVID-19 research.
Google Threat Analysis Group researchers warn that Chinese and Iranian hackers are targeting campaign staffers for both President Donald Trump and Presidential candidate Joe Biden with phishing emails.
A federal grand jury in Atlanta, Ga. returned an indictment last week charging four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with hacking into the computer systems of the credit reporting agency Equifax and stealing Americans’ personal data and Equifax’s valuable trade secrets.
China will investigate providers of IT products and services to protect “national security” and “economic and social development,” according to the official Xinhua news agency. This move follows the U.S. government charged five Chinese military officers with hacking U.S. companies to steal trade secrets.
U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) is hard at work in Washington D.C., despite Congressional recess, when other lawmakers have returned to their respective districts and even the President and his family escape the heat to a vacation destination.
Through a malicious code infecting audio-visual conferencing equipment, a group of sophisticated hackers based out of Beijing might be listening in on high-level boardroom meetings, Dell's SecureWorks researchers report.
While some have condemned U.S. National Security Agency monitoring activity, as described by fugitive Edward Snowdon, a bigger, real threat centers on intellectual property theft with America and its corporations most often the target.