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Department of Homeland Security hit by foreign cyberattack

Department of Homeland Security hit by foreign cyberattack
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Another week, another hack. But this time, it's not your credit cards and bank accounts at risk. One federal government contractor is reporting that sensitive Department of Homeland Security employee information was hacked last August.

USIS is the top background-checking firm used by the U.S. government. It discovered the hack itself and reported the situation to authorities.

Government officials on Wednesday told The Washington Post that the FBI is trying to figure out how many employees were affected, though the officials said that they believed the breach was confined to employees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

However, USIS has told a different story. The contractor said that other federal agencies were also affected by the hack, which could include the Office of Personnel Management. That agency was the victim of an attack originating in China earlier this year.

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