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Chinese hackers accessed US government computers containing personal information

Published on Jul 10, 2014 6:03 PM
 
Chinese hackers accessed US government computers containing personal information on all federal employees, the New York Times reported Thursday, July 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Chinese hackers accessed US government computers containing personal information on all federal employees, the New York Times reported Thursday.

The hacking occurred in March and the perpetrators appeared to be targeting the files of people who had applied for top-security clearances, the Times said, quoting senior US officials.

The report came as US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Beijing for two days of high-level talks on thorny issues including hacking.

In the new case, the intruders accessed some of the databases of computers at the Office of Personnel Management before authorities caught wind of their presence and blocked them, the newspaper said.

 
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