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DOJ charges Chinese citizen with historic Anthem breach

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The Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it indicted Fujie Wang, a 32-year-old Chinese citizen, and an unnamed accomplice with stealing personal information on nearly 80 million Anthem clients.

Why it matters: The data breach revealed in 2015 was a historic event in cybersecurity, as evidenced by Anthem being on the hook for record penalties — a $16 million fine from the Department of Health and Human Services and a class action law suit settled for $115 million.

Details: The Chinese hacker group targeted Anthem and several other companies, according to the indictment, including unidentified communications, technology and materials companies.

  • The attackers used spearphishing emails to install malware on target computers.