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Jul
10

Hackers may have breached the federal government’s personnel office, DHS official says

From: The Washington Post

By Fred Barbash and Ellen Nakashima

Hackers may have breached the Office of Personnel Management’s network, a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed Thursday.

According to the DHS official, who asked not to be identified, the agency’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center became aware of a “potential intrusion” of the network, and has been working with OPM and other agencies to assess and mitigate risks. So far, they have not found “any loss of personally identifiable information,” the official said.

The New York Times first reported Wednesday night that Chinese hackers penetrated the databases of the federal government’s personnel office, which contains files on all federal employees, including thousands who have applied for top-secret clearances.

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