Washington: The Secret Service said on Monday that Chinese hackers had misused millions of dollars in US Covid-19 funding after 2020.
The Secret Service declined to provide further details. Still, it confirmed an NBC News report that the Chinese hacking team allegedly responsible is known in the security research community as APT41 or Vinty.
APT41 is a prolific cybercriminal group conducting a combination of cyber intrusions and financially motivated data breaches by governments of their choice.
In 2019 and 2020, the US Department of Justice charged several members of the hacking group with spying on more than 100 officials, including software development companies, global networks, social media, and video game companies.
“Unfortunately, the Chinese Communist Party is taking a different approach to making China safe for cybercriminals, as they attack computers outside of China and steal intellectual property that is practical for China,” former Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said at the time.
The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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