The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More than a Generation

The Republican House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released their report on the 2014 and 2015 data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and blames the data breaches on the OPM leadership.

The House Oversight Committee Republicans said the OPM leadership did everything wrong as far as security goes and then lied about.

Brian Krebs, Writing for Krebs on Security

The massive data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that exposed background investigations and fingerprint data on millions of Americans was the result of a cascading series of cybersecurity blunders from the agency’s senior leadership on down to the outdated technology used to secure the sensitive data, according to a lengthy report released today by a key government oversight panel.

The 241-page analysis, commissioned by the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, blames OPM for jeopardizing U.S. national security for more than a generation.

The report offers perhaps the most exhaustive accounting and timeline of the breach since it was first publicly disclosed in mid-2015. According to the document, the lax state of OPM’s information security left the agency’s information systems exposed for any experienced hacker to infiltrate and compromise.

“The agency’s senior leadership failed to fully comprehend the extent of the compromise, allowing the hackers to remove manuals and other sensitive materials that essentially provided a roadmap to the OPM IT environment and key users for potential compromise,” the report charges.

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In light of this, how are we to trust our Government with the key’s to an encryption backdoor.

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