Chinese hackers have stolen tens of millions of dollars in aid to Americans who have recovered from the coronavirus. It is reported by NBC News with reference to the US Secret Service.
According to intelligence agencies, the theft of taxpayer funds was carried out by the Chengdu-based APT41 cybercriminal group, which is associated with the Chinese government. This is the first COVID-19-related cybercrime involving foreign hackers that the US has publicly acknowledged. However, this theft may be just the tip of the iceberg.
The publication clarifies that since 2020, the hacker group has stolen at least $ 20 million in benefits, covering 2 thousand accounts and more than 40 thousand financial transactions. This included the accounts of the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Small Business Administration in more than 10 states.
Reportedly, half of the stolen funds have now been recovered.