U.S. charges 4 members of Chinese military in Equifax breach

Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of the credit reporting firm Equifax Inc. and stealing the personal information of roughly 145 million Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history to target consumer data.

The hackers in the 2017 breach collected names, addresses, Social Security and driver’s license numbers and other information stored in Equifax’s databases. The intrusion damaged the company’s reputation and underscored China’s increasingly aggressive and sophisticated intelligence-gathering methods.

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