China to blame for massive OPM hack, says top spy chief

US national intelligence director points finger at Chinese hackers in massive federal personal records data breach

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Director of the US National Intelligence James Clapper suggested on Thursday that China was behind the massive data breach which compromised millions of federal workers’ personnel data.

Speaking at the Washington intelligence conference Clapper said China was “the leading suspect”, The Wall Street quoted in a report on Friday.

“You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did,” Clapper said, given the difficulty of the hack.

Clapper’s office confirmed in a statement to Reuters that China was identified as the top suspect in the hack, underlining that the investigation is still ongoing.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that he found it odd that the US it is both still investigating the breach and also believes China to blame.

"This is an absurd logic," he said.

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta told a Senate Committee on June that 4.2 million current and former federal employees’ personal data was compromised.

According to some media reports, the number of effected can be high as 18 million.

TRTWorld and agencies