The Justice Department on Monday charged four members of the Chinese military with hacking Equifax credit reporting agency records and stealing personal data belonging to more than 145 million Americans. The 2017 breach compromised information including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers. The suspects, all members of the Chinese military’s People’s Liberation Army, also allegedly stole database designs and other Equifax trade secrets. The hackers allegedly gained access to the company’s computers by exploiting a software vulnerability. “The scale of the theft was staggering,” Attorney General William Barr said. The accused hackers are based in China, whose embassy made no immediate comment.
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