US Charges Chinese Military as Hackers for Equifax Data Breech Affecting half of US

Jan Meisels Allen

In 2017 Equifax sustained the largest data breech in US history- affecting 145 million Americans.  The US is charging four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army with hacking into the computer system.  The suspects were members of the PLA's 54th Research Institute, part of the Chinese military. They were identified as Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei. They obtained names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of 145 million Americans, and driver's license numbers for at least 10 million Americans.


Hackers also stole credit card numbers and other personal information for 200,000 Americans and personal information for nearly a million citizens of the United Kingdom and Canada.

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Thank you to Teven Laxer, member of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing this information.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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