United States: United states, the strongest nation of the world witnessed a cyber threat last week, involving its official data being stolen. An official from the United States security agency said that the sensitive data of the US military and the intelligence was accessed in the hack, last week. The security officials believe that the hacker might be based in China.
The US officials fear that the attack would land the US security personnel and their family members in blackmail threats, as the information stolen contains the complete details of the US security personnel. The office of the personal management, the agency involved in this case is yet to comment on the reports claiming the serious cyber attack.
Officials believe that the attack was chiefly targeted on the forms that the security personnel submits at the time of joining. The forms are submitted by the security and the military intelligence personnel, which contains complete details of the personnel from the color of his eye to the details of his substance abuse in the past.
“The form details everything about the personal information. It includes financial history, past substance abuse and the contact details fo the family and his friends and neighbors”, an official said.
A statement from the White house said, “Investigators believe that the confidential information of the employees was accessed”.
Joel Brenner, a former US counterintelligence official said that the data was a gold mine to the hackers. Reports are emerging that the breach of the personal data, reported last week was larger than previously reported, the BBC News reports.
Initial reports from the officials say that the number of people potentially affected by the data breach to be 4millions. But the later investigations revealed that the number may be as high as 14millions. The US officials believe that the hacker might be from China.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has announced further measures to strengthen its personal and cyber security.