Office of Personnel Management - 09/07/2014

In March 2014, it has been reported that Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the United States government, specifically The Office of Personnel Management, which houses personal information of all federal employees. The hackers appeared to be targeting the files on "tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearance.""The hackers gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before the federal authorities detected the threat and blocked them from the network, according to the officials. It is 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."This particular hacking is unusual as the US computer systems are constantly being hacked by international hackers, but up until this point, have been stopped before any information was compromised.Currently, officials are investigating to pinpoint exactly where these attacks came from.