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10/2/2020
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Jai Vijayan
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3 Months for the Cybercrime Books

From July through September, US law enforcement handed down major indictments or sanctions against foreign threat groups at least six times.
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DoJ Indicts Five Members of China's APT41 Group

In mid-September the DoJ unsealed indictments against five members of APT41, a China-based threat actor associated with a long string of attacks on organizations in multiple industries around the world. The indictments charged the five individuals with stealing or attempting to steal trade secrets, IP, and other sensitive data from telecommunications firms, computer hardware makers, software developers, video game companies, and other firms.

Three of the individuals were charged with various cybercrime activities they carried out via a company they operated in China named Chengdu 404 Network Technology. Two of the other APT41 members who were indicted were charged with collaborating with a pair of Malaysian businessman on a scheme to defraud video game companies.

Security researchers consider APT41, which is also tracked as Winnti, Barium, Wicked Panda, and Wicked Spider, as one of the most active -- and dangerous -- APT groups currently operating. Security vendor FireEye and others have described the group as conducting cybercrime activities for its own benefit and carrying out cyber espionage activities on behalf of China's military intelligence services."

The DoJ identified the five alleged APT41 members as Tan Dailin, 35, Qian Chuan, 39, Zhang Haoran, 35, Jiang Lizhi, 35, and Fu Qiang, 37.

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