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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers

The meaning of confidentiality appears to be strained daily by reports in the media that digital information is either made public by hacking and/or government access. Workers' Compensation by law in most jurisdiction has been built on a theoretical foundation of privacy and confidentiality. The ramification of disclosure of this information will bring discrimination to a level level of development that may may inhibit the filing of claims altogether. Today's post is share from the and reflects a concern over the extent of data disclosure about US Workers.

Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials. They appeared to be targeting the files on tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances.

The hackers gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before the federal authorities detected the threat and blocked them from the network, according to the officials. It is not yet clear how far the hackers penetrated the agency’s systems, in which applicants for security clearances list their foreign contacts, previous jobs and personal information like past drug use.

In response to questions about the matter, a senior Department of Homeland Security official confirmed that the attack had occurred but said that “at this time,”...

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