Other anonymous US Officials confirm that this attack is state sponsored,
Other U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the ongoing investigation, identified the hackers as being state-sponsored.
The OPM is the Human resource department for the Federal Government has found zero day tools that can discover these attacks better since they are popular targets.
“Certainly, OPM is a high-value target,” Donna Seymour, the agency’s chief information officer, said in an interview. “We have a lot of information about people, and that is something that our adversaries want.”
That is the downside of storing the lives of your own citizens - every move - Salary - sexual preferences (Well you do visit that gay club every wednesday at 8pm) - Political preferences checked during various clearances ++++
They have a lot of data for sure - more than you probably know...
“China is everywhere,” said Austin Berglas, head of cyber investigations at K2 Intelligence and a former top cyber official at the FBI’s New York field office. “They’re looking to gain social and economic and political advantage over the United States in any way they can. The easiest way to do that is through theft of intellectual property and theft of sensitive information.”
So here we are then.
The US Government is against cyberattacks and want them to stop. Those guys steal and are thieves. That is an admirable attitude.
If foreign governments would feel free to hack the systems of other governments and spy on their officials and even their head of states - where would it end?