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September 8, 2016

OPM Breach: How Officials Missed a Second Hacker

US officials were too focused on purging a hacker from government’s computers after closely monitoring the hacker’s online movements for months and were about to expel him that they failed to realize that there was another hacker entirely.

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December 3, 2015

China Says OPM Breach Was Not State-Sponsored but a Criminal Act

ChinaThrough its official news agency Xinhua, China has stated that an investigation covering the substantial breach that compromised over 22 million federal employees was a cyberattack borne out of criminal intent. The news agency added the breach was not state-sponsored, contrary to the widely asserted opinion that the Chinese government was involved.

In a news report, state-run news agency Xinhua covered the meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials in the first ever bilateral ministerial dialogue exclusively focusing on cybersecurity. The publication contends the two countries “worked hard to remove one of the major stumbling blocks to the development of bilateral ties,” [...]

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October 2, 2015

The CIA Pulled Spies from Beijing after OPM Breach

A number of CIA officers were taken out of Beijing as a precautionary measure and a direct consequence of the massive data breach involving the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year.

The Central Intelligence Agency evacuated officers from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China after the data breach involving tens of millions of federal employees’ and contractors’ personal details earlier this year, the Washington Post reports.

According to government officials, no employee records from the CIA were among the OPM breach. However, that hasn’t deterred the CIA from pulling “a number of officers” from Beijing, specifically because their names weren’t included [...]

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August 7, 2015

From Russia With Love: Russians Suspected in Pentagon Breach

Russian hackers are suspected of infiltrating an unclassified e-mail system used by employees of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

An electronic intrusion by means of a cyber-attack against the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff’s unclassified email system has resulted in the shutting down of the email system and computer network for nearly two weeks, US military officials told the Washington Post.

The “sophisticated cyber intrusion” was first detected on July 25 and has affected nearly 4,000 military and civilian employees and personnel working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Upon detection, the Pentagon immediately disabled the email system and the network still [...]

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