News

Chinese hackers pursue key data on U.S. workers

Chinese hackers pursue key data on U.S. workers

CYBER SECURITY:The hackers gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before federal authorities detected the threat and blocked them from the network. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that keeps the personal information of all federal employees in March, the New York Times reported, citing senior U.S. officials.

The hackers appeared to be targeting files on tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances, the newspaper said.

The hackers gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before federal authorities detected the threat and blocked them from the network, the newspaper said.

It was not yet clear how far the hackers penetrated the agency’s systems, in which applicants for security clearances list their foreign contacts, previous jobs and personal information like past drug use.

Tensions are high between China and the United States.

The United States recently charged five Chinese military officers, accusing them of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets. China showed its anger over the allegations by shutting down a bilateral working group on cyber security.

On Wednesday, China and the United States began annual talks in Beijing, called the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, expected to focus on cyber-security, maritime disputes, the Chinese currency and an investment treaty.

(Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bangalore; Editing by Paul Tait)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Union appeals Rice’s indefinite suspension by NFL

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Thursday, Aug. 7. Rice was suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the regular season, but was cut by the Ravens before he could serve out the suspension. Photo: Associated Press/Nick Wass

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

in Entertainment

CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast

In this Sept. 24 photo, Rihanna performs in Perth, Australia during the first concert of the Australian leg of her Diamonds World Tour. Photo: Associated Press

CBS and Rihanna are splitting up after more fallout from the Ray Rice incident.

in Sports

Sacramento Kings to retire Stojakovic’s jersey

Sacramento Kings' Vlade Divac, left, and Peja Stojakovic chat on the bench during the first quarter of Sacramento's preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002. The Kings won 115-94.

The Kings announced Tuesday that Stojakovic's jersey will be retired when they host Oklahoma City on Dec. 16

in Sports

Anheuser-Busch ‘disappointed’ in NFL

A large image of the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales adorns the side of the company's headquarters and primary brewery Tuesday, May 27, 2008, in St. Louis. Reports that the company might be purchased by Belgium-based brewer InBev have residents worried they might lose a company as closely identified with St. Louis as the iconic Gateway Arch downtown.

The beer giant issued a statement on Tuesday saying it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned" by recent incidents with the NFL.

in Sports

Grand jury to weigh case against Stewart in fatal crash

stewart

The case of a fatal dirt-track accident involving the three-time NASCAR champion will be heard by a grand jury.

Bellingham Traffic