A gate leading to the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington, June 5, 2015. (AP/Susan Walsh)
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Data stolen from U.S. government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, U.S. officials said Friday, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyberattacks on federal networks.The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised. It was the second computer break-in in less than a year at OPM, the federal government's personnel office, and the latest in a string of cyberattacks on U.S. agencies, some of which have been blamed on Chinese hackers.Chinese hackers were blamed for penetrating OPM's computer networks last year, and hackers appeared to have targeted files on tens of thousands of employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, the New York Times reported last July, citing unidentified U.S. officials.
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