US charges four Chinese military hackers in 2017 Equifax breach


Washington: The United States has charged four Chinese military hackers in the 2017 breach of the Equifax credit reporting agency that affected nearly 150 million American citizens, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday.

“This was one of the largest data breaches in history,” Barr said of the theft. The indictment charges four members of the Chinese Liberation Army, he said.

Attorney General William Barr said it was one of the largest data breaches in history.

Attorney General William Barr said it was one of the largest data breaches in history.Credit:AP

Roughly 147 million people had information, including Social Security numbers and driver’s licence data, compromised by the breach.

The hackers spent weeks in the Equifax system, breaking into computer networks, stealing company secrets and personal data, Barr said.