Chinese hackers blamed for ‘massive’ US government data breach

Up to four million US government personnel records compromised by an alleged China-based cyber attack, in fresh embarrassment for Obama administration

Suspected hackers from China have achieved a massive data-breach in the US, compromising the personnel records of around 4 million US government employees, senior US government officials admitted on Thursday.

The cyber-attack on the US government’s Office of Personnel Management was described by one US government official as “one of the largest thefts of government data ever seen” according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

It is understood to have occurred last April, and is now being investigated by the FBI, according to multiple US media reports.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    And yet these same incompetents demand that we file our tax returns, with our personal information on them, over the internet, where hackers have gotten to them and will continue to do so. Life was so much more simple and secure with paper filings.

    • El Martyachi

      “The cyber civilization of the United States is being undermined, not just by criminal hackers but also by nation-states that have literally burrowed into our companies, our cities and our networks,” Kellerman said.