Hackers may have breached OPM network

Homeland Security officials on Thursday confirmed that hackers may have breached the network of the Office of Personnel Management, which essentially functions as the federal government’s human-resources agency.

A DHS official told The Washington Post that the department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center became aware of a “potential intrusion” of the network, and has been working with OPM and other agencies to assess and mitigate risks. The official said the agencies have not yet found “any loss of personally identifiable information.”

The New York Times first reported Wednesday night that Chinese hackers penetrated OPM’s database, which contains files on all federal employees, including those who have applied for top-secret clearances.

MORE: Hackers may have breached the federal government’s personnel office

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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