by Warner Todd Huston | June 4, 2015 11:15 pm
Our government has security built like a steel sieve, apparently. Now we’ve found that Chinese computer hackers have stolen the personal information of nearly every single federal worker!
The hack attack is described as one of the largest targets of government data ever experienced.
U.S. officials suspect that hackers in China stole the personal records of as many as four million people in one of the most far-reaching breaches of government computers.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the breach, detected in April at the Office of Personnel Management. The agency essentially functions as the federal government’s human resources department, managing background checks, pension payments and job training across dozens of federal agencies.
Investigators suspect that hackers based in China are responsible for the attack, though the probe is continuing, according to people familiar with the matter. On Thursday, several U.S. officials described the breach as among the largest known thefts of government data in history.
It isn’t clear exactly what was stolen in the hack attack, but officials said the information can be used to facilitate identity theft or fraud. The Department of Homeland Security said it “concluded at the beginning of May” that the records had been taken.
The Chinese embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. In the past, its spokesman has noted it is notoriously difficult to identify the provenance of computer hackers.
And we trust this government to keep the private medical information of the private citizenry private?? You are a fool to believe anything this government tells you.
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