Just as Director Katherine Archuleta, head of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), was on capitol hill to refute claims that the number of Americans whose data was compromised now stood at 18 million, congress expressed concerns the figure may actually reach 32 million. That particular number is significant because it represents every person in the OPM’s database. In other words, there is no guarantee at this time that hackers didn’t download the entire database.
The political fallout from the recently revealed hacking of files at the U.S. government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is getting into high gear. Congressional hearings going on this week grilled the director of this office and asked other witnesses how this could have happened. Some pointed out that they observed vulnerabilities and said the system was so bad that it should be shut down, but this was deemed too disruptive to them being able to carrying on operations by the director of the office. The meat and potatoes of how the hacking occurred technically and effective measures to prevent future attempts were reserved for a classified session.
Brad Reifler suggests that after these hearings end and now that the director of OPM has been proverbially taken to the woodshed, there will no doubt be measures put in place to try to prevent such occurrences in the future. Has anyone thought to ask why these measures weren’t already in place? It’s incredible how the modus operandi of politicians and government in general is to fix the barn door after the horse has escaped. Surely the data on millions of government employees and contractors, particularly those seeking security clearances, is a foreseeable target of foreign intelligence services. Blaming the hackers in this instance is almost like leaving an expensive TV on your front lawn unguarded and then wondering why it was gone when you came home.