Millions of government employee records apparently stolen by Chinese hackers were not encrypted, and software designed to detect computer breaches has not been installed to cover most of the files, officials said Tuesday.
The disclosure this month of two devastating hacks at the Office of Personnel Management has exposed vulnerable and outdated federal computer systems that are used to store details collected for government job applications, security clearances and other needs.
Intelligence officials are concerned that Chinese intelligence services or others could use the data to recruit spies inside the U.S. government and to design carefully tailored emails to infect computers of federal workers with access to secret files.
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