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Sun Jun 14, 2015, 07:00 AM

15. Ex-NSA official: Cybersecurity breach gave China intelligence ‘crown jewels’

A former NSA official said that the latest data breaches on the Office of Personnel Management gave Chinese hackers the “crown jewels” of American intelligence.

Last week federal officials announced that Chinese hackers had gained access to over 4 million personal records for federal employees in December. A similar hack, exposing federal employees’ security background checks, was disclosed by the Obama administration on Friday.

“This is crown jewels material… a gold mine for foreign intelligence service,” said Joel Brenner, a former NSA senior counsel, Politico reported Friday.

The hackers are believed to have accessed data from Standard Form-86 documents, which include background details for federal employees like financial trouble, past convictions, drug use and close relationships with citizens of other countries.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/13/ex-nsa-official-cybersecurity-breach-gave-china-in/

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