Data Breach Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers

The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees’ data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China.The compromised data was held by the Office of Personnel Management, which handles government security clearances and federal employee records. The breach was first detected in April, the office said, but it appears to have begun at least late last year.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/us/breach-in-a-federal-computer-system-exposes-personnel-data.htmlAlso see:Millions of US government workers hit by data breach
Chinese hackers are suspected of carrying out a “massive breach” affecting the data of millions of US government workers, officials said.The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) confirmed on Thursday that almost four million current and past employees have been affected.The breach could potentially affect every federal agency, officials said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33017310Chinese Hackers Behind Breach at Insurers Are Also Responsible for Government Attack, Researchers Say
The Chinese attackers who breached two major health insurers this year were also responsible for the intrusion at the Office of Personnel Management, which handles government security clearances and records for federal employees, researchers say.The attacks signal a new chapter in online espionage, according to security experts. Researchers say the motivation behind the attacks at the insurers, Anthem and Primera, as well as the Office of Personnel Management was digital espionage, not cybercrime.
www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/technology/chinese-hackers-behind-breach-at-insurers-are-also-responsible-for-government-attack-researchers-say.htmlChinese breach data of 4 million federal workers
Hackers working for the Chinese state breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, U.S. officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify about 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised.The hack was the largest breach of federal employee data in recent years. It was the second major intrusion of the same agency by China in less than a year and the second significant foreign breach into U.S. government networks in recent months.Last year, Russia compromised White House and State Department e-mail systems in a campaign of cyber­espionage.
www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/chinese-hackers-breach-federal-governments-personnel-office/2015/06/04/889c0e52-0af7-11e5-95fd-d580f1c5d44e_story.htmlChina calls U.S. hacking accusations ‘irresponsible and unscientific’
China dismissed American computer hacking allegations on Friday as “irresponsible and unscientific” after Washington accused Beijing of stealing personnel data on millions of federal employees.On Thursday, U.S. officials said hackers working for the Chinese state had breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, potentially compromising the data of about 4 million current and former federal employees.
www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-calls-us-hacking-accusations-irresponsible-and-unscientific/2015/06/05/7989cad3-583f-417e-a0b7-34be46eb16ff_story.html

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