The US Department of Justice is suing five Chinese citizens for cyberattacks on at least 100 companies. According to the ministry, the victims of the attacks are software companies, social media and video game companies, universities and foreign governments.
According to the ministry, the attacks are the work of Advanced Persistent Threat 41, or APT 41 for short writes The Wall Street Journal. According to the BBC In addition to the five Chinese hackers, two Malaysian men are also suspected. You were arrested in Malaysia last Monday.
The charges do not state that the suspects worked for Chinese intelligence, but Justice Department officials say the actions show features of state espionage.
“China protects cyber criminals”
“The Justice Department has used all available tools to interrupt the illegal cyber attacks by these Chinese citizens,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. “Unfortunately, the Chinese Communist Party has taken another route to protect China from cyber criminals as long as they attack computers outside of China and steal intellectual property useful to China.”
The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment, as China has consistently denied previous US allegations of cyber espionage.
US law enforcement agencies rarely manage to arrest foreign hackers.