The Secret Service reported on Monday that Chinese hackers have stolen U.S. COVID relief benefits totaling tens of millions of dollars since 2020.
According to experts, APT41 is a well-known cybercriminal organisation that has carried out a variety of government-backed cyber incursions and commercially motivated data breaches.
The Chinese hacker group that is allegedly responsible is known as APT41 or Winnti within the security research community, according to NBC News, which the Secret Service corroborated. The Secret Service declined to release any other information.
The U.S. Justice Department indicted several members of the hacking organisation in 2019 and 2020 for spying on over 100 businesses, including software producers, telecommunications corporations, social media companies, and game creators.
According to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Washington, China has consistently “firmly opposed and cracked down on all sorts of cyber theft and hacking,” and it rejects the “baseless accusations” made against it regarding its cyber security.
At the time, former Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen stated, “Unfortunately, the Chinese Communist Party has chosen a different course, making China safe for hackers so long as they attack computers outside of China and steal intellectual property valuable to China.
- Secret Service reports that Chinese hackers stole millions of dollars from US COVID relief benefits
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