Chinese hackers stole millions of dollars in COVID relief benefits, Secret Service says

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Chinese hackers stole millions of dollars in COVID relief benefits, Secret Service says

The Secret Service said on Monday that Chinese hackers have stolen tens of millions of dollars worth of U.S. COVID relief benefits since 2020.

The Secret Service didn't provide any additional information, but confirmed a report by NBC News that the Chinese hacking team is known as APT 41 or Winnti.

APT 41 is a cybercriminal group that has conducted a lot of government-backed cyber intrusions and financially motivated data breaches, according to experts.

Several members of the hacking group were indicted by the U.S. Justice Department in 2019 and 2020 for spying on over 100 companies, including software development companies, social media firms, and video game developers.

The Chinese Communist Party has chosen to make China safe for cybercriminals as long as they attack computers outside China and steal intellectual property useful to China, former Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said at the time.