US employee data breach tied to Chinese intelligence

(From Reuters)

The Chinese hacking group suspected of stealing sensitive information about millions of current and former U.S. government employees has a different mission and organizational structure than the military hackers who have been accused of other U.S. data breaches, according to people familiar with the matter.

While the Chinese People’s Liberation Army typically goes after defense and trade secrets, this hacking group has repeatedly accessed data that could be useful to Chinese counter-intelligence and internal stability, said two people close to the U.S. investigation.

Washington has not publicly accused Beijing of orchestrating the data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and China has dismissed as “irresponsible and unscientific” any suggestion that it was behind the attack. Read more

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  • KSC

    Why is there a need to accuse? Obama has said hacking government secrets are acceptable compared to trade secrets and IPR. In fact Snowdon has revealed the extent of the spying and hacking. Be a man and swallow it. Stop whining