This is second time when human resources agency of U.S government got attacked. Hackers who are in connection with China are held responsible for this cyber-attack which is denied by China’s authorities.
Through this attack, hackers got access to highly confidential information like background information required for security clearances for agencies like National Security Agency submitted by personnel of Intelligence and military as revealed by anonymous U.S officials.
This information is needed for security clearances that covers information about past records of mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests and bankruptcies. Other information like relatives and contact of U.S intelligence employees is demanded from applicants.
The first attack was on OPM last week which took place to gain sensitive information of Federal workers. The data consisted of information of four million present and former federal workers who got affected by cyber-attack in December. Hackers still owns information related to Federal workers as reveled by a labor union of the American Federation of Government Employees.
The AFGE foundation told that this is a case of dreadful failure on agency’s part to keep information safe and guard this confidential data as handed over by Federal workforce.
Federal employees got to know about this attack when they were investigating about first. This is followed by an incidence in which Edward Snowden a federal government contractor stole tens of thousands of the National Security Agency’s most confidential documents.