DNI James Clapper: China is Top Suspect in OPM Hack

James Clapper
James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has identified the Chinese government as the leading suspect in the recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Damian Paletta writes that Clapper’s statement is the first direct attribution of the attack given by the administration.

Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, declined to confirm earlier this week that China is behind the theft of federal personnel records.

Clapper also highlighted the need for action by policymakers to establish a protocol for response and stronger measures to counter cyber attacks.

“[Until] such time as we can create both the substance and the psychology of deterrence, this is going to go on,” he said, according to the report.

“And that’s been frankly a struggle for us because of concerns about unintended consequences and other related policy issues.”

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