Kerry: Authorities Probing Hacking Attempt

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July 10 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is investigating a hacking attack on databases containing sensitive information on federal workers, according to a Department of Homeland Security official. Bloomberg’s Ian Katz reports on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Apparently the story relates to an attempted intrusion that is still being investigated by the appropriate u.s. authorities.

At this point in time, it does not appear to have compromised any sensitive material.

I will not him into the specifics of the investigation but we have been clear for some time with counterparts here that this is a larger term an issue of larger term.

I am joined by the delegation.

We just heard the secretary respond to the question.

What more can you tell us?

Right, i asked if they brought this up, the report about the hacking.

He said they had just found out about it.

He made it sound like they just found out about the report.

Therefore he could not report but did point out they could bring up the larger context of hacking and very troubled by it.

Earlier in the day, secretary kerry had said they had frank discussions on the issue of cyber security.

Do we know what the immediate threat is to the u.s.? plans we don't. he took pains to say that it was an apparent attempt and also said that it appeared no sensitive information was taken or compromised.

So he did try to i don't know if it is play down but did want to say it was not clear anything had been compromised yet and worst though investigating and that is all he was going to say about it.

The consequences he was traveling in beijing.

What does this mean for u.s.-china relations?

One of the toughest, and has been the whole range of complicated issues the countries have had, but one of the ones that has really cropped up in the past year or two has been the whole issue of cyber security.

Has been an issue spread across various agencies in the u.s. government.

Secretary lou rings it up, secretary kerry talks about it.

-- secretary lew brings it up.

This happening while they are here for the talks added to the attention they are ready have on the particular topic.

They did not seem to say anything that indicated they have made a whole lot of progress on that issue.

On a final note, what is next?

On cyber security, they are going to keep talking and try to get china to acknowledge it is different when they are hacking or spying on particular companies or getting into something as sensitive as the personnel records of u.s. employees, that that goes over the line, that is the sort of point the u.s. has been bringing up.

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