2 Chinese men indicted for hacking Anthem, 3 other companies

May 09, 2019 - 5:36 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted two Chinese men for hacking into the computers of health insurer Anthem Inc. and three other, unnamed companies.

The indictment unsealed Thursday in Indianapolis alleges 32-year-old Fujie Wang and a man identified only as John Doe of stealing the personal information of nearly 79 million people including names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and medical IDs, from Anthem in 2015 in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history. Indianapolis-based Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer, agreed last October to pay the government a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations.

An FBI wanted poster says Wang resides in Shenzhen, China. The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with China.

A Justice Department spokeswoman had no comment when asked how confident it is that it will prosecute Wang.

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