Thursday, June 11, 2015

GOP Hopefuls Blame Obama's China Policy for Data Breach

GOP presidential hopefuls are bashing President Obama over his handling of China in the wake of a massive digital theft of federal workers’ data that officials have tied to Beijing
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on Thursday revealed that hackers had snapped up roughly 4 million employees’ records.
Several Republican candidates argued on Friday that Obama’s failure to employ a strong hand with the Asian power empowered the country to launch digital assaults at will against the U.S. government and private sector.
“The lack of common sense in this White House is beyond breathtaking,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
“We need a different strategy to confront Chinese behavior — whether in the South China Sea or in cyberspace,” said Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive, on Facebook.
“Yet another example of America being walked over by rivals and adversaries,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who declared his candidacy Monday.
In recent years, security experts say China has built up its cyber capabilities, ranking as a leading world power.
In addition to using its considerable prowess to monitor its own citizens, China has also launched a pervasive cyber espionage campaign against the U.S.
“China is rapidly evolving from a sometime partner, sometime competitor, into an adversary,” Fiorina said.
The recent OPM breach is thought to be part of a broader scheme to create a database on high-ranking U.S. officials and defense contractors.
Researchers have linked the suspected OPM hackers to the digital intruders behind the gargantuan breaches at health insurers Anthem and Premera, which exposed over 90 million people’s data, possibly including that of White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel.
Experts worry the stockpile of data could be used to imitate or even blackmail senior U.S. officials.
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