Chinese hackers infiltrated computers of U.S. government agency
Chinese hackers infiltrated computer networks of the United States Office of Personnel Management, the New York Times reported today. Senior American officials told the Times that the hackers accessed databases of the agency, which manages the civil service of the federal government.
The extent of the intrusion is still unclear, although officials said that the hackers could have targeted files on numerous employees who applied for top-secret security clearances, the newspaper said.
The Department of Homeland Security was able to trace the attack to China.
An emergency response team has been assigned to mitigate the breach. Officials told the Times that the attack was unusual because hackers rarely succeed in breaking though U.S. government servers.
Although the attack has been blocked, the Office of Personnel Management is still worried about the extent of the damage to its e-QIP system, which stores sensitive employee data including financial data, foreign contacts, previous jobs, and personal information such as past drug use.
The hacking incident happened in mid-March, a representative of the Office of Personnel Management said.
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