The US yesterday revealed the indictment of four members of China’s People’s Liberation Army for “conspiracy to hack and commit economic espionage” in the 2017 data breach at Equifax. Wu Shiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke, and Liu Lei are accused of nine charges: computer fraud conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse (intentional damage), computer fraud and abuse (unauthorized access), conspiracy to commit economic espionage, economic espionage, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and three separate counts of wire fraud. WIRED offers a summary of how the Government says the PLA operators succeeded in hacking Equifax.
Also yesterday the US released its National Counterintelligence Strategy. The document lays out a case, described in the Wall Street Journal, that the intelligence threats the US faces have grown more diverse, more complex, and more damaging, especially as they merge traditional intelligence disciplines with cyber operations and as they show an increased disposition to engage in economic espionage.
The Jerusalem Post reports that the data leaked from a voter database app used by the Likud Party may have compromised information on Israeli intelligence officials.
According to ZDNet, the US FBI has circulated a private warning to industry cautioning companies that threat actors are working to infect software supply chains with the Kwampirs remote access Trojan.
The US state of New Hampshire conducts its presidential primary today, and CISA distributed an encouraging email praising successful threat information and reminding everyone that “The accuracy of the vote total is much more important than the timeliness of releasing results.”