US intelligence director points finger at China for OPM breach
China continues to deny incursion that compromised data on millions of federal employees
The US director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper on Thursday named China as a top suspect in the cyber infiltration of the Office of Personnel Management, marking the first time the Obama administration had publicly suggested Beijing's involvement, online media reported.
"You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," the Wall Street Journal quoted Clapper as saying, referring to the difficulty of the task performed by the hackers, but added that the investigation is ongoing.
Reuters referred to comments from Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang who questioned the US' "logic" in accusing China while also continuing to investigate the incursion.
OPM director Katherine Archuleta reported to a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing that some 4.2m current and former federal employees were affected in a single breach and that another attack, targeting those applying for security clearances, covered millions more.
China called accusations that it was responsible for the OPM operation "irresponsible and unscientific".