The FBI has arrested a Chinese citizen for allegedly distributing malware used in the 2015 massive OPM breach that resulted in the theft of personal details of more than 25 Million U.S. federal employees, including 5.6 Million federal officials’ fingerprints.
Yu Pingan, identified by the agency as the pseudonym “GoldSun,” was arrested at Los Angeles international airport on Wednesday when he was arrived in the United States to attend a conference, CNN reported.
The 36-year-old Chinese national is said to face charges in connection with the Sakula malware, which was not only used to breach the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) but also breached Anthemhealth insurance firm in 2015.
The Anthem breach resulted in the theft of personal medical records of around 80 million current and former customers of the company.
Sakula is a sophisticated remote access Trojan (RAT) that was known to be developed by Deep Panda, a China-based advanced persistent threat group (known as APT19) and could allow an attacker to remotely gain control over a targeted system. More…