Friday, June 12, 2015

China's Spies Hit The Blackmail Jackpot With Data On 4 Million Federal Workers

John R. Schindler, a security consultant and a former National Security Agency counterintelligence officer, offers a piece at the Daily Beast on the seriousness of  the computer hacking of U.S. Government personnel records by the Communist Chinese.

With each passing day the U.S. government’s big hacking scandal gets worse. Just what did hackers steal from the Office of Personnel Management? Having initially assured the public that the loss was not all that serious, OPM’s data breach now looks very grave. The lack of database encryption appears foolhardy, while OPM ignoring repeated warnings about its cyber vulnerabilities implies severe dysfunction in Washington.

To say nothing of the news that hackers were scouring OPM systems for over a year before they were detected. It’s alarming that intruders got hold of information about every federal worker, particularly because OPM previously conceded that “only” 4 million employees, past and present, had been compromised, including 2.1 million current ones. Each day brings worse details about what stands as the biggest data compromise since Edward Snowden stole 1.7 million classified documents and fled to Russia.  

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