Justice Department charges Chinese hacking group for Anthem breach

On Thursday, the Department of Justice accused a Chinese computer hacking group of carrying out one of the largest criminal attacks in the history of health care in the United States, resulting in the theft of their personal information to 79 million people.

In the indictment of four charges cited by the Department of Justice, officials allege that Wang Fujie, 32, and another man referred to only as John Doe, invaded US computer systems. US, including Anthem, a health insurance giant, and three other businesses between February 2014 and January 2015.

"The defendants used sophisticated techniques to hack the computer networks of the victim companies without authorization," and " Then they installed malware and tools in the compromised computer systems to further compromise the computer networks of the victim companies. "

First reported in February 2015, Anthem's violation exposed confidential personal information of up to 80 million Americans. According to the indictment, the hackers started with spear fishing emails that included hyperlinks to the selected companies. Once the target clicked on the hyperlink, it would begin downloading a file that implemented the malware, installing a backdoor that provided hackers with access to the computer system. They then stole personal information from subscribers, such as names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, employment and income information, but also more sensitive information such as health identification and social security numbers.

The alleged hackers were detected by the authorities in January 2015 after officials tracked them through registered domains for use in the attack, as well as the virtual private systems used to steal data. These private virtual systems were paid for the use of Alipay, which may have taken the Department of Justice officials to Wang.

"The accusations in the indictment released today describe the activities of a group of hackers based in China that he committed one of the worst data "in history," said Deputy Attorney General Brian Benczkowski.

In October 2018, Anthem paid the United States government $ 16 million as a result of the privacy violations. [19659008] "Anthem's cyber attack not only caused damage to Anthem, but also impacted tens of millions of Americans," said US attorney Josh Minkler. "This violation of privacy will not be maintained, and we are committed to bringing responsible to the courts. "The indictment also requires defendants to renounce any property obtained or used as part of the piracy campaign. [19659009]

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