WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances.
The Times reports that senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access to some of the agency's databases in March before the threat was detected and blocked. Just how far the hackers penetrated the agency's systems is not yet clear.
A Homeland Security Department official confirms to the Times that an attack occurred but says that no loss of personally identifiable information has been identified.
The Office of Personnel Management houses personal information for all federal employees.