The attack appears to have specifically targeted files on U.S. government workers who have applied for top-secret security clearances, a number in the tens of thousands. The Obama administration, however, responded by promising even more “cooperation” with the ruthless regime ruling mainland China.
According to media reports about the hacking breach, the Chinese operatives gained access to some databases at the Office of Personnel Management, which keeps records on all employees of the U.S. government. When the breach was detected, the hackers were supposedly blocked from the network, federal officials told the Times. It was apparently unclear how deep into the systems the hackers were able to reach.
Reports suggested that they could have obtained sensitive information on security-clearance applications including details of applicants’ foreign contacts, employment history, drug use, and more. The potential for abuse of that information — compromising even more U.S. government secrets by compromising employees with security clearances, for example — is vast and potentially extremely dangerous, according to analysts.
The Department of Homeland Security, which admitted the breach occurred when questioned, tried to downplay fears. A senior official cited by the Times said that at this point, the responsible agencies had not “identified any loss of personally identifiable information.” Still, an “emergency response team” was put on the case to the “assess and mitigate any risks identified,” the Homeland Security official told the newspaper. The attack was indeed traced to China, as countless other, similar hackings have been.
The day after the explosive story appeared on the front page of the Times, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Beijing meeting with top officials in the communist regime for the U.S.-China “Strategic and Economic Dialogue.” However, instead of dealing with the ongoing Chinese espionage targeting Americans — the regime is fiendishly gathering sensitive U.S. military, economic, and political intelligence — Kerry promised more “cooperation” on everything from terror and law enforcement to military issues.
Apparently “cybersecurity” collaboration has been put on the backburner for now. The communist regime’s “top diplomat,” Yang Jiechi, though, said Beijing wanted more U.S.-China cooperation based on mutual “trust” and “respect.” “China believes cyber-space should not become a tool to harm other countries' interests,” Yang said, equating the regime he serves with the nation it rules. “China hopes the U.S. side can create the conditions to carry out U.S.-China dialogue and cooperation on the Internet.”
Indeed, aside from “cyber” issues, “cooperation” between the U.S. government and China’s mass-murdering regime has reached unprecedented proportions under the Obama administration.
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