China may be behind the cyberattcks on USPS

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It was announced yesterday that the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) computer networks experienced a breach some time in September, and it remains to be seen as to the exact moment when the attack actually happened. According to the Washington Post, they claim that the government of China should be held responsible for the hack – which is some pretty heavy accusation leveled at such an entity, being one of the largest economies in the world to boot. 

Chinese government hackers are suspected of breaching the computer networks of the United States Postal Service, compromising the data of more than 800,000 employees — including the postmaster general’s. The intrusion was discovered in mid-September, said officials, who declined to comment on who was thought to be responsible. The FBI is leading the investigation into the hack. The news, announced by U.S. Postal Service, came as President Obama arrived Monday in Beijing for high-level talks with his counterpart, President Xi Jinping, as well as for an economic summit. The Chinese government has consistently denied accusations that it engages in cybertheft and notes that Chinese law prohibits cybercrime. But China has been tied to several recent intrusions, including one into the computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management and another into the systems of a government contractor, USIS, that conducts security-clearance checks.

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