The Justice Department continued its pressure campaign on hackers connected to China Wednesday, charging five Chinese citizens with various computer crimes against more than 100 companies in the United States and abroad.
According to unsealed indictments, the five defendants—who remain fugitives in China—are members of the hacking group “APT41,” which compromised networks belonging to software development companies, hardware manufacturers, video game companies, non-profits, think-tanks, foreign governments and pro-Democracy activists in Hong Kong.
In doing so, the Justice indictments indicate the hackers stole source code, customer account data and other valuable information in part to facilitate still more schemes, including ransomware attacks and unauthorized cryptocurrency mining.
“The Department of Justice has used every tool available to disrupt the illegal computer intrusions and cyberattacks by these Chinese citizens,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement. “Regrettably, the Chinese communist party has chosen a different path of making China safe for