Congress Claimed Federal Agency Failed to Protect InformationAdded: Friday, June 19th, 2015
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Congress acknowledged that the recent hack proved the federal agency failed for years to secure its computer networks. In result, the authorities allowed hackers allegedly linked to China to steal information about all federal employees and much more.
In response, China denied involvement in the hacking attack. Indeed, the US government failed to provide any evidence to prove Chinese involvement. All the US could say was it had “moderate confidence” it was China’s fault. The US also voiced fears that the country behind the attack could pressure relatives of Americans with access to secrets. For instance, if China is behind the attack, it obtained a list of Chinese citizens in close contacts with American officials. This can be used for espionage purposes. Moreover, China’s intelligence service could share this data with North Korea or Pakistan, while the hackers hired for intrusion can also sell what they steal to whoever pays enough.
Now the Office of Personnel Management, whose database was hacked, faces outrage from Congress over “gross negligence”, which led to two massive hacks in 2014. In the meantime, the agency’s assistant inspector general for audit pointed at a years-long failure by the agency to adhere to reasonable cybersecurity practices.
Recently the Office of Personnel Management officially confirmed that personal data of 4.2 million current and former federal employees had been stolen, not just accessed. The agency didn’t reveal the number of security clearance holders whose data leaked, but it is known that the records date back to 1985 and include data on contractors and federal employees. According to some estimation, the number could be up to 14 million.
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