At this moment the interests of hackers were unclear. “If the Chinese government got access to that type of data, it would be a significant breach because the data would allow them to have very detailed information about people who hold very sensitive clearances,” said Shawn Henry, a former executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. However, because data is encrypted, no personal info were stolen according to OPM spokeswoman Nathaly Arriola. The intrusion was earlier detected by an automated monitoring system which was even able to block the intruder. Chinese officials denied that Beijing hacks U.S. computers. In return, they mentioned that reports based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the United States has compromised the systems of Huawei, a major Chinese telecommunications equipment company, The US secretary of state John Kerry , visiting Beijing, condemned China’s cyber spying. He said that (it) “harmed our business and threatened our nation’s competitiveness“, speaking at a news conference in Beijing Thursday.