A second attempt to steal government information that was made public on Friday might be even bigger than the data breach that occurred when thieves hacked into the Office of Personnel Management in April, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday.
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The second intrusion “involved a different system and a different set of data, and I think you could logically conclude that … a larger amount of data and information was potentially affected,” Earnest said. The second breach involved the scouring of information on military personnel seeking security clearances.
If the second data breach is in fact bigger, that would make it quite large. The first OPM data breach is thought to have successfully gained access to the basic personal information of about 4 million current and former federal workers.
The administration has refused to say who’s behind either breach, and says only that investigations are continuing. However, anonymous government officials and many lawmakers readily say the OPM hack was based in Beijing.
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