Edward Snowden's successful exfiltration of confidential NSA documents has proved that the background checks executed for government personnel in order to receive the needed security clearance are not foolproof.
Stolen users information is regularly sold and bought online by cyber crooks and attackers, and many services have sprung up to meet the demand for information that can be used to compromise online accounts and facilitate identity theft.
Earlier this week, the primarily state owned Belgacom - the largest telecom in Belgium, with customers such as the European Commission, Council and Parliament - has made public the fact that their internal computer system have been breached by an "unknown third party".
The existence, the modus operandi and details of successful campaigns of another Chinese hacking group have been revealed by Symantec researchers, who have managed to tie to several high-profile compromises in the last few years, most notably that of Bit9.
Belgacom, primarily state owned and the largest telecom in Belgium, has announced that its internal IT systems have been breached and compromised with malware by an "unknown third party".