Last month the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was hit by a drastic cyberattack which resulted in personal information of millions of current and former U.S. government employees to be stolen. While the Obama administration has refrained from pointing fingers it’s believed that the attack originated from China, a new report claims that the administration is mulling a possible retaliation against the People’s Republic.
US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America" and stealing government information, in strongly worded comments likely to irk Beijing.
Clinton, a former secretary of state, pulled no punches in remarks to Democratic supporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday.
The US government is badly leaking data. And China, the prime suspect in the latest data breach, isn't helping.
The most recent victim of a massive data breach is the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal agency responsible for vetting about 90 percent of the people for working in the federal government.
The federal agency said Thursday its systems were breached in April That vetting data is reportedly safe, said officials, but performance reviews and job assignments data may have been taken.
Penn State University has been forced to disconnect one of its college networks from the internet after discovering a major cyber-attack on its systems coming from China.
In a lengthy statement posted on Friday, the university claimed it had been alerted about an attack on its College of Engineering by the FBI back in November.
China's banking regulator last week temporarily suspended controversial cybersecurity rules demanding technology vendors hand over their source code to the state, exposing the practical challenges of the nation's campaign to cut dependence on foreign technology.
In a notice reviewed by Reuters, Chinese regulators said the decision on the rules, which would have effectively replaced foreign tech products with domestic alternatives, came after "financial institutions in the banking industry and related parties put forward opinions for improvements and proposed changes".