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Brief: 4 million federal employees affected by data breach at OPM

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    In a statement on Thursday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said they've recently become aware of an incident that has potentially compromised the personal information of current and former federal employees.

    Citing anonymous U.S. officials, the Wall Street Journal says that China is suspected as the source of the attack, described as one of the largest thefts of government data ever seen.

    DHS officials said they determined the data had been stolen at the beginning of May.

    "Within the last year, OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous tools and capabilities to its networks. As a result, in April 2015, OPM became aware of the incident affecting its information technology (IT) systems and data that predated the adoption of these security controls," the OPM statement explained.

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