Quoted: Government hack far worse than acknowledged

“Hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees.”

J. David Cox, president of the American Federal of Government Employees union, in a letter to Office of Personnel Management director Katherine Archuleta, according to an Associated Press report. The alarming letter said cyberattacks against government-employee databases are far worse than the Obama administration has admitted. The hacks were likely done by “the Chinese,” Sen. Harry Reid has said, and lax security apparently made it easier. “We believe that Social Security numbers were not encrypted, a cybersecurity failure that is absolutely indefensible and outrageous,” Cox’s letter said. Experts worry the hacked personal data may expose federal workers to blackmail to turn over secrets.

 

At top:  A gate leading to the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

 

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