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China arrests alleged OPM hackers, claims breach was criminal, not state-sponsored

Chinese hackers were indeed responsible for compromising the security of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, but state-run media claims the breach wasn’t at the behest of the government in Beijing.

As Chinese and American authorities met in Washington this week to weigh cybersecurity concerns and other hot-button issues, China acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the OPM breach and subsequent theft of sensitive records pertaining to more than 20 million current and former U.S. government employees and contractors was carried out by Chinese hackers, the Xinhua newswire reported.

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