9/30/15 OPM Hack
The hack of personnel records held by OPM will be felt for years. OPM is the federal governmentâ€™s HR department.
Because of a previous career, Iâ€™m among the 21.5 million compromised.
Social security number.
Identity of intelligence agency employees.
Names of family members, roommates, friends, neighbors.
Psychological & emotional health.
Illegal drug and alcohol use.
And potentially more.
Identities can be stolen. Those with access to classified or sensitive material could be blackmailed into betraying the U.S. Foreigners who have ties to US personnel overseas could find their lives in jeopardy.
There are still too many unanswered questions regarding responsibility and accountability including:
Why was such critical data kept on a server connected to the Internet?
Why wasn’Â™t the data properly secured?
Why was there no encryption?
Who approved this set-up?
This is the worst data breach in U.S. history.
And no one’Â™s been held accountable for this gross negligence. Nor for perpetrating the hack.