This new age of cyber warfare has been taken to a new level as China hacks the US Government employee database. That’s right, every person that works for the federal government is now at risk of their private data being in Chinese hands. Homeland Security confirmed that the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department have both been compromised and that the FBI is investigating the situation.
Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the breach was “yet another indication of a foreign power probing successfully and focusing on what appears to be data that would identify people with security clearances.”
China has already stepped forward and dismissed the allegations stating that the US should be “less suspicious and stop making any unverified allegations, but show more trust and participate more in cooperation.” Of course China isn’t going to step right out and admit to a hack as it doesn’t serve their purpose if they are responsible. In the past they have been accused of hacks and denied those as well.
Chinese spokesperson Hong Lei said, “We know that hacker attacks are conducted anonymously, across nations, and that it is hard to track the source,” Hong said. “It’s irresponsible and unscientific to make conjectural, trumped-up allegations without deep investigation.”
The Office of Personnel Management is offering those whom they find affected by the breach 18 months identity theft insurance so hopefully that will soften any blows that may come their way. Cyber security is more important than ever as our technology continues to grow, hopefully the government tightens the reigns and patches the holes.
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