A US federal grand jury on Thursday charged a Chinese national in a hacking campaign described by the Justice Department as “one of the worst data breaches in history”, an effort that yielded the personal data of 78 million people.
Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice (seen on April 17) called an alleged hack by Chinese citizen Wang Fujie ‘one of the worst in history’. Photo: AP
Wang Fujie, also known as Dennis Wang, and another individual in the indictment, are alleged to have infiltrated the US-based computer systems of US health insurer Anthem and three other companies, the Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday.
“The allegations in the indictment unsealed today outline the activities of a brazen China-based computer hacking group that committed one of the worst data breaches in history,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, said in the announcement.
“These defendants allegedly attacked US businesses operating in four distinct industry sectors, and violated the privacy of over 78 million people by stealing their [personally identifiable information].”
SCMP Published: 4:58am, 10 May, 2019