By Investor’s Business Daily
In two weeks, we’ve learned that offshore hackers managed to steal 100,000 tax filings and personnel data on millions of federal workers. Who, exactly, is in charge of cybersecurity in this administration?
After the Office of Personnel Management revealed the breach of its network, which allowed hackers from China to steal data on 4 million current and former federal employees, OPM head Katherine Archuleta said: “Protecting our federal employee data from malicious cyber incidents is of the highest priority at OPM.”
It sure doesn’t seem that way.
OPM had been the target of a similar hack originating in China almost exactly one year before, which gained access to some of the office’s databases before being caught. And this time around, hackers rooted around OPM’s network for four months before being caught.
Less than two weeks before, the IRS revealed that hackers from Russia had stolen data on 100,000 tax returns and filed 13,000 bogus returns to the IRS so they could collect $39 billion in “refunds.”
… But, as with most things, Obama hasn’t followed through. In fact, in 2012 he replaced his initial “Cybersecurity Czar” — Howard Schmidt, who had been a security executive at Microsoft — with Michael Daniel, a total unknown in cybersecurity. Read More..