Chinese 'hackers broke into US government network'
Iran Press TV
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:49PM GMT
US media report say Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of an American government agency in an effort to acquire personal information on thousands of employees.
The hackers breached the federal Office of Personnel Management computer system in March, allegedly targeting those applying for high-level security clearance positions, The New York Times first reported on Wednesday.
The newspaper, citing 'senior American officials,' said the action had been traced to China, adding that it's not clear whether the Chinese government was involved.
On Thursday, a US Department of Homeland Security official confirmed that hackers might have broken into the Office of Personnel Management's network, according to The Washington Post. Another official who was privy to the issue said the breach has been tracked to China.
The United States and China have long accused each other of cyberspying.
According to a report published the German weekly Der Spiegel in March, the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Chinese politicians and firms for several years.
The US government launched a major intelligence offensive against China, with targets including the Chinese government and networking company Huawei, according to documents provided by former NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Observers say while Washington accuses other countries of conducting hacking operations, the US is ranked the "number one" hacker in the world.
In an interview with Press TV in June, international lawyer Barry Grossman said, "Let us remember one very important fact. For as many years as people have been studying hackers and countries of origins for hackers, the United States has always sat at number one."
"There's no dispute about this, there's no controversy. Every study that is done every year puts the United States at the top of the list of nations as the nation of origin where the most hacking has come from," he added.
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