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 FBI Arrests Chinese National Linked To 2015 US Government Data Hack

FBI Arrests Chinese National Linked To 2015 US Government Data Hack

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U.S. authorities have arrested a Chinese national, saying he provided a hacking tool that was used to breach major corporations and was linked to a 2015 data hack of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

That hack involved the theft of security clearance records of millions of American government employees.

Yu Pingan, 36, was arrested Monday at Los Angeles International Airport on a federal criminal complaint saying he was providing a malicious code linked to cyber-attacks against U.S. government data in 2015, Reuters reported.

The suspect – whom authorities said used the pseudonym GoldSun -- was also accused of conspiring with two other Chinese individuals to hack four unnamed U.S. companies using a rare software called Sakula – the same program used in U.S. government hacks.

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