【中国黑了美邮政?】

【中国黑了美邮政?】日前美国邮政被黑,美称中国可能是元凶。美邮政称80余万员工和大量客户住址、电话、邮件等信息被盗。FBI已介入调查并声称黑客盗取的是住址、电话等信息而非银行卡等更有商业价值信息,说明是受资助的,黑手很可能是中国。美国邮政有意淡化影响,未通知客户。

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The U.S. Postal Service has been hacked, and the likely culprits are Chinese hackers.

The USPS discovered a "cyber security intrusion" that may have compromised the personal data of its more than 800,000 employees, it said on Monday. But the agency downplayed the incident, calling it "limited in scope."

The hackers "potentially" gained access to USPS employees" personal data such as names, dates of birth, social security numbers and addresses, the agency stated.

Employees weren"t the only ones affected. Hackers also compromised the personal data of customers who contacted the Postal Service Customer Care Center via telephone or email between Jan. 1, 2014, and Aug. 16, 2014; this data includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and other information, USPS added.

The FBI confirmed to Mashable that the incident is currently under investigation, and that "impacted individuals should take steps to monitor and safeguard their personally identifiable information." USPS has begun notifying its employees, but said thaaffected customers don"t need to take any action for the time being.

affected customers don"t need to take any action for the time being. Moreover, the USPS will not notify any affected customers, USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer confirmed to Mashable.

Neither the FBI nor the USPS pointed a finger directly at China, but Partenheimer told The Washington Post that the attack was carried out by "a sophisticated actor that appears not to be interested in identity theft or credit card fraud."

This suggests that the attackers were motivated by espionage and might be state-sponsored. Partenheimer declined to provide any further details and told Mashable that "the source and the reason for the cyber intrusion remains under investigation."

The Washington Post report added that officials suspect hackers with ties with the Chinese government are the prime suspects, just as President Barack Obama is visiting China to meet with President Xi Jinping. Cybersecurity is one of the issues on the meeting agenda.

This cyberattack is simply the most recent in a seemingly never-ending string against U.S. government agencies. In many cases, as an Associated Press investigation revealed on Monday, government employees are responsible for the breaches.

Less than two weeks ago, officials accused Russian hackers for intruding into the White House"s unclassified network. In August, Chinese hackers were accused of attacking a large U.S. hospital network; in July, Chinese hackers breached a U.S. agency that stores personnel information about federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management.

This story has been updated to include information on whether the USPS plans on notifying customers affected by the breach


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