The United States COVID relief benefits worth tens of millions of dollars have been stolen by Chinese hackers since 2020, according to a statement released by the Secret Service on Monday.
The Secret Service has declined to provide any additional details but has confirmed a report by NBC News. According to this report, the Chinese hacking team that is reportedly responsible is known within the community of security researchers as APT41 or Winnti. The Secret Service has declined to provide any additional details.
According to many experts, APT41 is a sophisticated cybercriminal organization that has been responsible for a variety of government-sponsored cyber-attacks as well as financially driven data breaches.
“Regrettably, the Chinese Communist Party has chosen a different path of making China safe for cybercriminals so long as they attack computers outside China and steal intellectual property helpful to China,” — former Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.