The scale of the OPM breach is larger and more harmful than appreciated, the response has worsened the data security of affected individuals, and the government has inadequately addressed the counterintelligence consequences.
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My little adventure with OPM's loss of my data.
The U.S. government has once again decided not to impose sanctions on China or its companies for their massive public and private cyber thefts. President Obama says that there "comes a point at which we consider [digital intrusions by China and others] a core national security threat." One what extreme event or events will have to occur for us to reach that point.
By now, everyone knows about the OPM hack and the fact that the private and sensitive information compromised may make employees of the U.S. government—especially those with security clearances—more subject to blackmail, bribery, or extortion and more vulnerable to more realistic phishing attacks. But there’s one more aspect that needs airing.