On Wednesday, the Office of Personnel Management reported that 5.6 million fingerprints they had on file were stolen by hackers. This is extremely sensitive information that poses an immediate danger to American spies and undercover law enforcement agents. This is extremely important to find these hackers so that they can’t steal the identities of government officials. The U.S. Intelligence Director James Clapper says China is the number one suspect behind the hack.
The U.S. and China are the two major trade partners but they are also butting heads. They both are heavily into their respective military. They are both expanding their influence upon places Africa, southeastern Asia, South America and the Pacific.
Hackers stole federal personnel data on 21.5 million people, including federal employees, contractors, and in some cases their friends and family (because of background checks) which includes Social Security numbers.
Cybersecurity experts say the fingerprints could be the worst aspects of the theft. If the hack was committed by foreign government spies the information could put up for sale on the black market for identity thieves.