China suspected in massive breach of federal computers

China suspected in massive breach of federal computers


doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

Before we take this journey into a posting about computer Hacking let us remember the years that this government shunned USA Citizens well qualified for college in favor of students from other countries because their parents were throwing money at our universities and politicians.

I am speaking for well over 40 years!

Remember, I worked in service 40 years 5, 10, and sometimes more customers a day average and have heard the cries from our countries parents and young adults shut out of college because of a yearly quota of foreign student that must be filled in every year!

Even today only the children of the 1 to 5% and/or politicians can afford to go to our colleges and this congress is still taking any help still on the books from you every year!


Because we have been buying products from countries like China, making cheep knock offs for those forty plus years countries are no longer 3rd world.

I watch our citizens for years while shopping pick up a product like for instance 'garden hose,' feel the quality, look at a piece of junk 'Made in China' put the good hose down for lack of a dollar or so and head to the cashier with the piece of junk from China only to be doing the same thing again in a couple of years?


Now those same students are sending their children and grand children to our colleges learning how to hack into our computers and get our information for free to be able to steal more of our knowledge!

And yet we still buy their garbage?


doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein


China- based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers, American officials said Thursday.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department had been compromised.

“The FBI is conducting an investigation to identify how and why this occurred,” the statement said.

The hackers were believed to be based in China, said Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican.

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, said the breach was “yet another indication of a foreign power probing successfully and focusing on what appears to be data that would identify people with security clearances.”

A U.S. official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the data breach, said it could potentially affect

every federal agency. One key question is whether intelligence agency employee information was stolen. Former government employees are affected as well.

“This is an attack against the nation,” said Ken Ammon, chief strategy officer of Xceedium, who said the attack fit the pattern of those carried out by nation states for the purpose of espionage. The information stolen could be used to impersonate or blackmail federal employees with access to sensitive information, he said.

The Office of Personnel Management is the human resources department for the federal government, and it conducts background checks for security clearances. The OPM conducts more than 90 percent of federal background investigations, according to its website.

The agency said it is offering credit monitoring and identity theft insurance for 18 months to individuals potentially affected. The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents workers in 31 federal agencies, said it is encouraging members to sign up for the monitoring as soon as possible.

In November, a former DHS contractor disclosed another cyberbreach that compromised the private files of more than 25,000 DHS workers and thousands of other federal employees.

Cyber-security experts also noted that the OPM was targeted a year ago in a cyber-attack that was suspected of originating in China. In that case, authorities reported no personal information was stolen.

One expert said it’s possible that hackers could use information from government personnel files for financial gain. In a recent case disclosed by the IRS, hackers appear to have obtained tax return information by posing as taxpayers, using personal information gleaned from previous commercial breaches, said Rick Holland, an information security analyst at Forrester Research.

“Given what OPM does around security clearances, and the level of detail they acquire when doing these investigations, both on the subjects of the investigations and their contacts and references, it would be a vast amount of information,” Holland added.

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