US announces charges against Chinese, Malaysian hackers Sep 17, 2020 0 924 12345 AFPWashingtonThe US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who ran global hacking operations for at least six years to steal identities and video game technology, plant ransomware, and spy on Hong Kong activists.Three of the Chinese suspects operated out of Chengdu 404, a Sichuan-based company that purported to offer network security services for other businesses.They hacked the computers of hundreds of companies and organizers around the world to collect identities, hijack systems for ransom, and remotely use thousands of computers to mine for cryptocurrency like bitcoin. Two other Chinese nationals who formerly worked for Chengdu 404, and the two Malaysians, were indicted for hacking into major gaming companies to steal their secrets and “gaming artifacts,” likely tradable in-game chits and credits, and resell them.Together the seven were long recognized by cybersecurity experts as the “APT41” hacking organization, identified by their shared tools and techniques.While some had thought that the group could be run by the Chinese government, the indictments did not identify a strong official connection.But according to court filings, Jiang Lizhi, one of the Chengdu 404 hackers, boasted to a colleague in 2012 that he was protected by China’s Ministry of State Security, and indicated they were protected if they did not hack domestically. RELATED ARTICLES Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s new PM Sep 17, 2020 0 327 EU chief pledges to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff Sep 17, 2020 0 686 Belarusian protest leader charged with endangering country’s national security Sep 17, 2020 0 706 Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state ST JOHN’S: Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic by November next year, as the Caribbean island nation seeks to move fully beyond its colonial past. The .. Taiwanese FM calls for global defence against China ‘threat’ AFP Paris Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu urged the international community on Wednesday to help defend his country and region against “expansionist” Chinese moves, saying Taipei feared Beijing would resort to .. Venezuela president behind crimes against humanity: UN probe GENEVA: Venezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday. In their .. Hurricane Sally slams into US Gulf Coast AFP Mobile, US Sluggish Hurricane Sally was dumping torrential amounts of rain on the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday and threatening “historic and catastrophic” flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida. The slow-moving .. Trump posts faked video of Biden playing anti-police song AFP Washington US President Donald Trump, who is trying to persuade voters that his challenger Joe Biden will encourage violent crime, retweeted a faked video on Wednesday purporting to show the Democrat playing a .. UK G7 presidency will try to unite post-Covid world: PM AFP London Britain will use its presidency of the G7 next year to heal divisions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. “One of the things the UK is going to do with the G7 ..