The Department of Justice on Wednesday unsealed indictments secured between August 2019 and August 2020 of seven foreign nationals accused of a bevy of international hacking incidents. The five Chinese and two Malaysian defendants are alleged members of a group often called APT 41, Wicked Panda or Wicked Spider, which is known to commit economic espionage, traditional cybercrime and espionage against activists.
Wong Ong Hua and Ling Yang Ching, both Malaysian, have been arrested in Malaysia. The U.S. is seeking extradition on both. The other five defendants – Jiang Lizhi, Qian Chuan, Fu Qiang, Zhang Haoran, Tan Daili – are fugitives in China.
While announcing the indictments, Deputy Attorney General Jeffery Rosen said he did not anticipate China assisting the U.S. in capturing the hackers.
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