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Chinese Government Arrests Hackers Accused Of Stealing 22 Million Federal Employee Records In OPM Attack: Report

According to a report from the Washington Post, the Chinese government says it has identified and arrested the hackers who breached the security of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and stole highly sensitive data about millions of U.S. government employees — though doubts remain over the credibility of those arrests.

In June, it was revealed that hackers spent 18 months lurking inside the unsophisticated computer networks at the OPM exposing the data of 21.5 million federal employees and their families, and while the Obama administration denied any data on American intelligence officials was at risk, the huge loss of data was both embarrassing and a potential national security risk. Officially the White House has not pointed the finger at Beijing, but officials have been privately assigning blame to hackers working for the Chinese government. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s officials have steadfastly denied any involvement.

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