Federal Office of Personnel Management hacked

One of the more troubling issues on the cybersecurity front are state-sponsored hacking groups. Unlike the popular image of the lone hacker operating from their mom’s basement, these groups receive sponsorship (salary, equipment, high-speed access) from national governments. The latest of these is the breach of personnel data of 4 million federal workers from the Office of Personnel Management. The FBI believes this to be the work of Chinese hackers backed by their government. As usual, the Chinese government denies this.

What makes these groups so dangerous is their ability to tap significant amounts of resources to put into play against their targets. And there are many of them. There isn’t any country today that doesn’t have at least some involvement with it, against the enemies and allies alike. Expect to see more of these headlines, not fewer.

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