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NSA Confident in Ability to Attribute Massive Government Data Breach

Sputnik News

20:23 24.06.2015(updated 20:40 24.06.2015)

According to NSA Chief and head of US Cyber Command Admiral Mike Rogers, US National Security Agency has a high degree of certainty that the intelligence community will be able to find out who are the perpetrators of the massive hack against the Office of Personnel Management.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US National Security Agency (NSA) has a high degree of certainty that the intelligence community will be able to find out who are the perpetrators of the massive hack against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), NSA Chief and head of US Cyber Command, Admiral Mike Rogers, said on Wednesday.

"I am not going to get into the specifics of attribution. That is something we are working through on the policy side and that is ongoing," Rogers said at the 2015 Geospatial Intelligence Symposium in Washington, DC.

Rogers said he is "pretty confident" in the ability of NSA and other intelligence community agencies to generate insights into who is responsible for the massive government data breach.

In early June 2015, OPM publicly acknowledged that the personal data of more than four million current and former US federal employees had been stolen.

On Tuesday, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta told the Senate that the breach has increased to include anybody who has applied for employment with the US government – about 18 million people – including individuals who have applied to obtain security clearances.

Rogers stated that attributing a cyberattack "is not the challenge it was ten years ago," but dismissed the idea the OPM intrusion could be blamed on China.

The White House has not attributed the OPM hack to any entity, but has stated a policy of responding proportionally to cyberattacks against the United States.

Sputnik



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