The New York Times revealed that in March Chinese hackers hacked systems at Office of Personnel Management stealing files of thousands of Federal employees
According to the New York Times, senior American officials revealed that a group of Chinese hackers violated the computer networks of the United States government agency in March. The Chinese bad actors hacked US government systems earlier this year accessing the files of thousands of Federal employees who have applied for top-level security clearances.
The data exposed during the attack include the list employees’ foreign contacts, personal information and previous jobs. The Times reported that an unnamed senior official claimed the recent attack was traced back to China, without giving any information regarding the possibility that there were state-sponsored hackers behind the offensive.
“Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials. They appeared to be targeting the files on tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances.” states the NYT.
According to the revelations of a Government spokesperson the attack was detected by a monitoring system which “alerted to a potential intrusion of our network in mid-March.”
Alleged Chinese hackers gained access to some of the databases managed by the Office of Personnel Management. The official confirmed that the incident has been assigned to an emergency response team “to assess and mitigate any risks identified.”
According to the NYT the cyber attack is very disturbing due the target chosen by hackers, the media agency refers a system called e-QIP used to archive personal information, including financial data, on federal employees having security clearances.