These are some serious allegations. Read the whole story for the chilling insight and alleged incompetency. Here are some choice quotes:
“From my perspective, OPM compromised this information more than three years ago,” he added. “And my take on the current breach is ‘so what’s new?'”
In fact, the breach was unprecedented in its breadth and scope: “Security-wise, this may be the worst breach of personally identifying information ever,”
Federal employees and contractors who want government-security clearance have to disclose virtually every aspect of their lives via a 120-page SF 86 questionnaire, which is then stored on OPM’s unencrypted database.
The OPM also “conducts more than 90% of all federal background investigations, including those required by the Department of Defense and 100 other federal agencies,” Reuters reported last week.
Experts fear the stolen information could be used by the Chinese government to blackmail, exploit, or recruit US intelligence officers, compromising the success and safety of agents operating at home and abroad.