U.S. re­veals new com­puter breach

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Sev­eral U.S. of­fi­cials say hack­ers linked to China ap­pear to have gained ac­cess to sen­si­tive back­ground in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted by in­tel­li­gence and mil­i­tary per­son­nel seek­ing se­cu­rity clear­ances. The break is the sec­ond elec­tronic breach of fed­eral records re­vealed in a week.

The forms be­lieved ac­cessed, known as Stan­dard Form 86, re­quire ap­pli­cants to fill out per­sonal in­for­ma­tion about men­tal ill­nesses, drug and al­co­hol use, past ar­rests and bankrupt­cies. They also re­quire the list­ing of con­tacts and rel­a­tives, po­ten­tially ex­pos­ing to co­er­cion for­eign rel­a­tives of U.S. in­tel­li­gence em­ploy­ees.

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