China has recently shocked the world through a never seen before cyber attack, which has become to be known as `the Chinese Cannon`. And on the background of governments not exactly friendly to the United States developing their cyber warfare, another cyber attack has been launched against one of the most secure gadgets in the world, the computers of the United States cabinet. With nearly 4 million people`s data stolen by what the United States authorities who have commented on this situation have suggested to be hackers from China, it looks like the virtual security and the negative effects of the virtual infrastructure represent themes to be reckoned upon in the future.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is responsible for the investigation of this case and the authorities are working on it at the moment. Officials talking in connection to this subject have said that the attack by the alleged Chinese hackers is one of the most far reaching and effective that the United States have ever seen.
The breach has been detected in April this year and it affected the records kept at the Office of Personnel Management, which is basically the human resources department of the federal government, establishing the payments and sending the information to several federal agencies.
Even if the authorities suspect that the hackers are from China and that the cyber attack which occurred at the Office of Personnel Management is of Chinese origin, the people investigating the matter have not yet found out who the attackers were for sure.
They have also not figured out yet what kind of information has been stolen by the hackers precisely. Still, the authorities suspect that such data could be used for purposes like identity theft or fraud.
As for the answer of the Chinese on this matter, Hong Lei, a spokesman talking on behalf of the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said in a statement that the United States should improve their investigations in order to find out the source of the cyber attack. Until then, Hong Lei added, Washington, DC should be more temperate but at the same time rigorous when it comes to suspicions.
“Cyberattacks are anonymous, cross-border and hard to trace. If you keep using the words “maybe” or “perhaps” without making a thorough study, this is irresponsible and unscientific.”
Hong Lei has said, during a Chinese Foreign Ministry briefing which took place on Friday.
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