Federal Employees Data Hacked

By on July 10, 2014 11:20:15 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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The Chinese (5 Chinese Army officers from Unit 61398) have been accused and indicted for stealing corporate secrets. The hacking the personnel records of Federal employees however hasn’t been officially attributed yet to them. This hasn’t deterred them at all.

Their specific target this time seems to have been those who applied for “Top Secret” clearance. That comprises thousands of employees. The hacking occurred in March of this year.

They apparently gained access to some databases of the office of Personnel Management before the penetration was detected. It isn’t clear how deep the penetration was into the information which includes “their foreign contacts, previous jobs and personal information like past drug use.” according to the New York Times which broke the story.

DHS responded,

“at this time,” neither the personnel agency nor Homeland Security had “identified any loss of personally identifiable information.” The official said an emergency response team was assigned “to assess and mitigate any risks identified.”- NYT

The attack was traced to China, but whether the hackers were governmental or not wasn’t clear.

Of course, we’ve apparently done the same to Huawei in order to find out if it was leeching information through backdoors in their devices.

The attack was never made public, although corporations have been encouraged to notify the public and the government about such attacks.

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/world/asia/chinese-hackers-pursue-key-data-on-us-workers.html?_r=0

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July 10, 2014 3:35:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Oh well, what else is new.

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July 10, 2014 4:29:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

If they have my information they more than likely fell asleep reading it. 

I've not read the article so this may be repeating stuff but I'm going to take it that any type of hacking done by a foreign government will be trying to get secrets but also include looking for folks with relatives in their country, in this case folks with Chinese names.  Why you say, same old story that has always gone on, scare them into spying for them by threating harm to family members.  Nothing new.

Here is a question, how do we know that whomever did that hacking were allowed to because they were diverted to bogus files and information.  Don't laugh, it could happen.  Who knows what can happen in this high tech world we live in.  

 

 

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July 11, 2014 6:45:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The Chinese hacked my personal data a while back.

At least four of the hackers are known to have commited suicide and several more are undergoing counselling...

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July 12, 2014 5:00:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Fuzzy Logic,
At least four of the hackers are known to have commited suicide and several more are undergoing counselling...

Yes...well, judging by their "group therapy" methods...

 

Their individual therapy is even less palatable...

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