WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says hackers stole Social Security
numbers from more than 21 million people and took other sensitive information
when government computer systems were compromised.
The Office of Personnel Management says more than 19 million who had applied
for background investigations were affected.
The government also said nearly 2
million people were also affected who weren’t applicants, but rather their
spouses or other family members.
The number affected by the breach is higher than the 14 million figure that
investigators gave The Associated Press last month.
They said the government was
increasingly confident that China’s government, and not criminal hackers, was
responsible for the extraordinary theft of personal information.
China has publicly denied involvement in the break-in.