With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans

by Ellen Nakashima | The Washington Post  |  published on June 5, 2015

US-China-flagsChina is building massive databases of Americans’ personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say.

Groups of hackers working for the Chinese government have compromised the networks of the Office of Personnel Management, which holds data on millions of current and former federal employees, as well as the health insurance giant Anthem, among other targets, the officials and researchers said.

“They’re definitely going after quite a bit of personnel information,” said Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer of ThreatConnect, a Northern Virginia cybersecurity firm. “We suspect they’re using it to understand more about who to target [for espionage], whether electronically or via human ­recruitment.”

  • The redhawk

    I bet CHina already KNEW that there is an IDIOT in the WH. may be they wanted more database on the REST of the IDIOTS there!

    • donemyhomework

      What you said really makes me smile.

      • The redhawk

        may be they wanted to get all the info about that SaD SACK Marie hARF to use her as an EXAMPLE of what : UINTELLIGENT LIFE” is a;ll about

  • teaman

    Come on USA hackers, if you love America, you will go after China with everything you’ve got!

    • The redhawk

      IT requires a POTUS with BALLs to take such Intelligent action… BALLS FREE POTUS got NONE!

  • carpkiller

    North Korea,Russia, China. I think U.S. obama gov. should be considered for all these.

    • Mike O’Mara

      My money is on NSA DHS and all of Obama’s other helper agencies selling or even giving the data to China, North Korea, Russia and any other enemy that wants it. This only helps Obama to complete his mission of destroying America. Nothing exceptional about America, just ask Obama.

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