Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Obama's 'Cybersecurity Czar' Is MIA As Hackers Run Wild

Privacy: In two weeks, we've learned that offshore hackers managed to steal 100,000 tax filings and personnel data on millions of federal workers. Who, exactly, is in charge of cybersecurity in this administration?
After the Office of Personnel Management revealed the breach of its network, which allowed hackers from China to steal data on 4 million current and former federal employees, OPM head Katherine Archuleta said: "Protecting our federal employee data from malicious cyber incidents is of the highest priority at OPM."
It sure doesn't seem that way.
OPM had been the target of a similar hack originating in China almost exactly one year before, which gained access to some of the office's databases before being caught. And this time around, hackers rooted around OPM's network for four months before being caught.
Less than two weeks before, the IRS revealed that hackers from Russia had stolen data on 100,000 tax returns and filed 13,000 bogus returns to the IRS so they could collect $39 billion in "refunds."
The inspector general had already warned the IRS that its databases were vulnerable, but the IRS failed to act on dozens of recommendations to shore them up.
And not long before that, Russian hackers penetrated parts of the White House computer system after hacking into the State Department's email system.
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