US data hack is an excuse for new regulations on internet: Analyst

The US is trying to make an excuse to impose new regulations upon the internet in the wake of new revelations that the personal data of millions of government employees were affected by a cyber breach, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley.

FBI Director James Comey said in a closed-door briefing to senators in recent weeks that 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected.

The affected people could have been people who applied for government jobs, but never actually ended up working for the government.

“What they’re really trying to do here is they’re trying to set up an excuse to suggest that somehow there is hack as a matter of national security and now they have justification to impose new regulations upon the internet,” Kelley told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

According to US officials briefed on the investigation, the data is far more than four times the 4.2 million the Office of Personnel Management has publicly acknowledged.

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