White House Confirms Second Government Breach Of Standard Form 86 Data

Posted: June 13, 2015 in Tech


The White House has confirmed that the Office of Personnel Management has suffered a second cyber attack, likely carried out by the same hackers who infiltrated the OPM’s server and stole 4.2 million federal employees’ data, according to the New York Times. Officials say the hackers, who have ties to China, have accessed federal security clearance forms containing sensitive information about intelligence and military personnel.

According to U.S. Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Obama is considering using an executive order he signed in April which allows for financial sanctions against groups who participate in cyber attacks against the United States.

Officials believe that the attackers accessed a document called “Standard Form 86,” which is filled out by people applying for national security positions, according to the AP. This form asks for a wealth of sensitive information, including drug and alcohol use, mental illness, bankruptcy, and arrests. Additionally, the form asks for a list of contacts and relatives, potentially extending the scope of the breach to millions more Americans. The AP notes that this data could be used for extortion should it fall into malicious hands.

Don’t forget that only a week after Congress passed reforms to curb Patriot Act spying, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and big business lobbyists are moving to expand domestic surveillance with CISA (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015).

Full Story @ [Forbes]


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