FBI Arrests Chinese National Linked To 2015 US Government Data Hack

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 25, 2017

The FBI arrested a Chinese national accused of creating malware used to hack the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), leading to one of the largest data breaches to target the USA government.

U.S. authorities claim in court papers that Yu Pingan bought and sold malicious software including the rarely used Sakula program. A spokesperson for the agency could not be immediately reached for a comment. Roughly a year later, a conspirator allegedly installed malicious files on the network of a San Diego-based company.

About 22.1 million personal records, including 1.1 million fingerprints, were stolen in the attack, considered one of the worst breaches of U.S. government computer systems to date. China's involvement was suspected by United States authorities, according to Washington Post sources at the time, though attribution was never officially described by the Obama administration.

At the time of the breach, the Chinese government denied any involvement, telling Reuters: "The Chinese government takes resolute strong measures against any kind of hacking attack". China opposes of all forms criminal internet activity, she added.

A Chinese national was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges they say connect him to distributing malicious software like the one used in a 2015 hack, CBS News has confirmed. However, so far Anthem has not be cited in connection with Yu's arrest. He has also been charged with conspiracy to commit offence or defraud the US.

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The Sakula malware has also been linked other suspected computer system penetrations in the US.

The complaint filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation lists unidentified companies that were affected by the Sakula malware were in areas such as San Diego, Calif.; Massachusetts; Los Angeles, Calif.; and Arizona.

A Chinese man has been arrested in the USA for allegedly selling malware used to hack into American companies.

The person in question was arrested on Wednesday after entering the U.S., CNN reported.

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