US toughens background check process after major hack

Hackers accessed some 20 million personnel records for US government employees and contractors, forcing the government to revamp its background check process with a more secure databaseThe US government said Friday it was revamping its background check process for federal employees and contractors with a more secure database, following a major hack disclosed last year. A new government entity will be created to conduct the checks, and the Department of Defense will provide security for the data gathered in the process, officials said. The announcement came in response to disclosures last year that hackers accessed some 20 million personnel records for US government employees and contractors, including sensitive personal data in some cases gathered from background checks.

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