China Still Claiming Innocence In Massive Federal Employee Database Hack

Maybe someday the Chinese government will take a page from O.J. Simpson and write a book titled, "If I Did It: Confessions of a Hacker." After all, China is clinging to the innocence card just as adamantly as Simpson, never mind any evidence to the contrary. In fact, not only is the Chinese government saying it's not responsible for a massive security breach that compromised the personal information of millions of U.S. federal employees, but it claims that the accusations are the result of "absurd logic."

The security breach was discovered in April, but actually began back in December of last year. Having gone unnoticed for four months, the hackers responsible were able to sift through personal data belonging to at least four million current and prior government employees. The data isn't classified, but it's still considered sensitive.

DIA Headquarters
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James Clapper, head of U.S. intelligence, pointed to China as "the leading suspect behind the breach." There's little doubt about it among U.S. officials, who didn't hesitate to tell the media that they believed China was behind the attack.

"We have noticed that the U.S. is still investigating, but feels that China is responsible. That is absurd logic," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. "We understand this as showing the U.S. has adopted the presumption of guilt rather than the presumption of innocence."

The information taken includes sensitive data of employees, retirees, contractors, and job applicants. Some reports have the number of people affected to be around 14 million, or 10 million more than originally reported.