TheStreet.com is reporting the U.S. has handed down a nine-count indictment against four Chinese military personnel, claiming they hacked into Equifax.
“This was a deliberate and sweeping intrusion into the private information of the American people,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
“Today, we hold PLA hackers accountable for their criminal actions, and we remind the Chinese government that we have the capability to remove the Internet’s cloak of anonymity and find the hackers that nation repeatedly deploys against us.”
The indictment accuses the hackers of stealing Americans’ personal data, as well as trade secrets from Equifax. The hackers evidently used a tor router to route their connection through nearly 20 countries and 34 different servers in an attempt to cover their tracks.
While there’s virtually no chance the indictments will result in anyone being brought to justice—since they are active Chinese military personnel—it will likely be a source of embarrassment to Chinese officials, especially as the country is trying to end the trade war with the U.S.