NBC: DOJ says five Chinese nationals hacked into 100 U.S. companies
Wed September, 2020, Age: 3 years
The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted five members of the Chinese hacking group APT41 for hacking into more than 100 companies in the U.S. Two Malaysian businessmen were also charged in a separate indictment with aiding those hackers profit from intrusions into the video game industry, and have been taken into custody. The alleged hackers conducted supply chain attacks and deployed ransomware attacks demanding payment from victims. Federal prosecutors say they targeted telecommunications companies, governments, defense companies, education, and manufacturing industries around the world. APT41 is the nickname of a prolific hacking group with apparent ties to Chinese intelligence which has been associated with cyberattacks for espionage as well as more conventional cybercrime.