21 mil­lion af­fected by U.S. data breach

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

WASHINGTON — The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion says hack­ers stole So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers from more than 21 mil­lion peo­ple and took other sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion when gov­ern­ment com­puter sys­tems were com­pro­mised. The Of­fice of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment says more than 19 mil­lion who had ap­plied for back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tions were af­fected. The gov­ern­ment also said nearly 2 mil­lion peo­ple were also af­fected who weren’t ap­pli­cants, but rather their spouses or other fam­ily mem­bers. The num­ber af­fected by the breach is higher than the 14 mil­lion fig­ure that in­ves­ti­ga­tors gave The As­so­ci­ated Press last month. They said the gov­ern­ment was in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent that China’s gov­ern­ment, and not crim­i­nal hack­ers, was re­spon­si­ble for the ex­tra­or­di­nary theft of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. China has pub­licly de­nied in­volve­ment in the break-in.

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