So it looks like the hack of government personal records just got a whole lot worse. Now it’s not just civilian employee records that were hacked, but information related to security clearances for members of the military and intelligence community as well:
This now puts the number of hacked records as high as 14 million:
Information on cabinet members might have been stolen, too:
From the AP:
Hackers linked to China appear to have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, several U.S. officials said Friday, describing a second cyberbreach of federal records that could dramatically compound the potential damage.
The forms authorities believed to have been accessed, known as Standard Form 86, require applicants to fill out deeply personal information about mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests and bankruptcies. They also require the listing of contacts and relatives, potentially exposing any foreign relatives of U.S. intelligence employees to coercion. Both the applicant’s Social Security number and that of his or her cohabitant is required.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the security clearance material is classified.
The security-clearance records provide “a very complete overview of a person,” said Evan Lesser, managing director of ClearanceJobs.com, a website that matches security-clearance holders to available slots. “You don’t need these records to blackmail or exploit someone, but it would sure make the job easier.”
The Office of Personnel Management, which was the target of the hack, has not officially notified military or intelligence personnel whose security clearance data was breached, but news of the second hack was starting to circulate in both the Pentagon and the CIA.
This will be a problem:
No word yet from the White House, but we can assume that when President Obama finds out about it, he’ll be furious:
Nah, that won’t happen. He won’t switch from ESPN to CNN for this.