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>> In a year dominated by news of computer hacking, the FBI is apparently doing something about it. The agency, for the first time, is investigating how hackers, allegedly sponsored by the Chinese military, for years penetrated the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC. Sources telling Reuters that the security breach first occurred in 2010 and claimed dozens of computers, including that of former FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair.
Reuters correspondent Dustin Volz.>> Certainly, having access to the communications and activity of the chairwoman of the FDIC presents serious questions about what China or any other actor would have been using that information for, and whether or not that would have been used for economic gain.>> Last month, the FDIC, which regulates US commercial banks, permitted congressional staffers to view email records of those involved in the hack
>> It was previously suspected by some lawmakers in the House Finance Committee, and the Inspector General, that China may be behind these hacks that occurred at FDIC.>> And yet the hacks continued well after 2010 In fact, the FDIC reported at least seven major cybersecurity incidents between last year and this year.
>> US government systems to be vulnerable to hacks from foreign nations and other malicious actors, including systems important to the stability and strength of our economic system. This hack underscores that at a time when President-elect Trump is threatening to upend long-standing foreign policy relations with Beijing.>> But while the incoming US president has pledged to toughen America's trade position with China,
's not clear how, or even if, he will handle these types of cybersecurity breaches when he moves into the White House.
Trump has, so far, rejected consensus from US intelligence agencies that allege Russia hacked the 2016 election.