USA VS China cyber war: 4000000 US federal employees’ data stolen, China blamed
US government has said that data of as many as 4 million federal employees has been compromised following a cybersecurity breach that has been blamed on the Chinese government.
The top federal US agency that actually collects personnel information for federal employees has come out with startling findings suggesting that a cybersecurity breach actually impacted millions of people across the US.
Following the breach, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said that it is going to reveal the complete truth behind the latest round of data breach that looks far more sensitive than anything in the past.
Federal Bureau of Investigation in a detailed statement said, â€œThe FBI is working with our interagency partners to investigate this matterâ€¦We take all potential threats to public and private sector systems seriously, and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.â€ The FBI went on to add that â€œWe take all potential threats to public and private sector systems seriously, and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspaceâ€.
It was in April when officials smelled something fishy. In early April, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) realized some sort of malicious activity affecting its information systems. Early May, the Department of Homeland Security said it concluded that the agency’s data had been compromised. The office handles employee records and security clearances.
While the breach has been announced, it is still unclear as to what sort of info was stolen and whether the breach impacted the top Federal officials as well. â€œBasically, OPM is like the human resources department of the entire federal government. They also get security background checks for people who want to get security clearancesâ€¦The big question remains exactly what information was stolen? Was it social security number, your federal ID or was it salary information. Right now OPM is not sayingâ€ a report in Aljazeera said.
US officials have pointed fingers at the Chinese government sponsored hackers in the latest round of breach. But Chinese embassy attacked such assumptions and Embassy spokesman said hypothetical accusations were irresponsible and counterproductive. Chinese Embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said, â€œJumping to conclusions and making (a) hypothetical accusation is not responsible,” and is “counterproductive,â€.
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