With The Latest OPM Revelations, Hope You Have Some Good Security *Open Thread* UPDATED

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Update at the end of the post.

When I heard the latest news out of Washington and the Office of Personnel Management, I just had to shake my head in sheer disbelief. It is so, so much worse than we were led to believe before, with a much farther reach, and far, far more people. It is, in short, a nightmare.

I hope you are sitting down for this because “doozy” does not begin to cover it. From The Hill:

[…] The total includes 21.5 million people whose sensitive data was taken in a breach of the the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) security clearance database, as well as 4.2 million government workers whose personnel files were stolen in an earlier intrusion. But 3.6 million were hit by both hacks, putting the final tally at 22.1 million.

“It made me sick to my stomach,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who has gone through a security clearance check, told The Hill after hearing the total. “It’s nauseating.”

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, in a conference call with reporters, insisted, “I truly understand the imapct this has on our current and former federal employees, our miltiary personnel and our contractors.”

Uh huh. I am just sure she gets how much this breach on her watch will affect over TWENTY TWO MILLION Americans, some whose only fault was to be friends with, related to, married to, or sharing a pad with, someone who filed for security clearance.

Oh, but it gets worse:

[…] “The agency and the administration have not even been able to correctly define the scope of the problem,” Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) said after the total was unveiled. “This will have grave consequences for national security.”

Initially, the OPM said in early June that just 4.2 million current and former federal workers’ personnel files had been taken by cyber thieves. A week later, officials disclosed a separate, more serious, breach of the OPM’s data center that houses background investigation files on those seeking security clearances.

It was believed that at least 18 million people’s information was included in those thorough files, which included details on sexual indiscretions and drug and alcohol abuse.

Well, that’s just jake, ain’t it? Believe it or not, that still isn’t all:

[…] Investigators on Thursday concluded that 19.7 million security clearance seekers had their sensitive data stolen, plus an additional 1.8 million relations outside the government who had sensitive data included in those files.

The forms included Social Security numbers, past residency information, employment history and criminal and financial records, as well as other personal nuggets gained through in-person interviews conducted as part of background investigations.

Over a million fingerprints were also in the stolen cache, the OPM said.

The second breach encompasses all background investigations conducted spanning back to 2000. The OPM said it is possible, but less likely, that background checks conducted prior to the new millennium were taken.

Whee! Are we having fun yet?! They have FINGERPRINTS, people – FINGERPRINTS. Over a MILLION of them to go along with all the other incredibly sensitive, personal, private data that will enable these people to be blackmailed, have their identities stolen, their finances destroyed, and much, much more. Yep. All courtesy of the OPM and their apparent lack of any kind of cyber security.

Okay, okay – maybe they had some, but it wasn’t good enough, clearly:

It’s believed that Chinese hackers were seeking the data as part of a broader cyber espionage campaign to create a thorough database on U.S. government workers.

[…]

But Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communication, confirmed that the same adversary was behind the two breaches.

“The adversary broke into [OPM] the network via a compromised credential of a contractor,” he told reporters. “Within the OPM network, they were able to move to the Department of Interior network.”

This “adversary,” if it was CHINA, seems to have committed an act of war, has it not? But hey – we are busy cutting back our military in a major fashion, so I reckon there’s not much we can do about it, or WILL do about it with this President, anyway. Ahem.

I just cannot get over the extent of this breach, this hack, this act of war, if you will. It is appalling, and infuriating. And I am not the only one who feels that way:

[…] The frustration has played a role in the growing calls on Capitol Hill for Archuleta’s resignation.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who has been leading the charge for Archuleta’s firing, used the latest revelations to renew his call.

Archuleta and OPM officials “consciously ignored the warnings and failed to correct these weaknesses,” he said in a statement. “Their negligence has now put the personal and sensitive information of 21.5 million Americans into the hands of our adversaries. Such incompetence is inexcusable.”

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), the first senator to call for Archuleta’s firing, agreed.

“It’s unacceptable that OPM’s leaders are more focused on protecting their image than providing the American people with the answers and information they deserve,” he said.

Archuleta defended her record to reporters.

“I am committed to the work that I am doing at OPM,” she said. “I have trust in the staff.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Well, Archuleta is the ONLY one who does, I imagine. And not many people have trust in HER, nor should they given what has happened under her “leadership.” The officials mentioned above aren’t the only ones calling for Archuleta to be fired (since she has REFUSED to step down – WOW). Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) are also calling for her to be fired. And fired she sure as hell should be, especially since she REFUSES to step down. WOW.

But hey – at least these gazillion people who have been so affected will get three whole years of “complimentary credit monitoring,” so there’s that. Surely that makes up for all the rest, huh? Yeah, no – not by a long, long shot.

At least that’s what I think. How about you?

This is an Open Thread.

UPDATE: Just heard on Fox News that Archuleta has FINALLY resigned.

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35 Responses to “With The Latest OPM Revelations, Hope You Have Some Good Security *Open Thread* UPDATED”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    At least SOME courts still care abt the Constitution and the rule of law: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/247433-dim-outlook-for-obamas-immigration-orders-at-federal-court

    And honestly, while I am sure it is difficult to have families separated, that was a choice they made. If they want to be reunited with their families, illegal immigrants can GO HOME. Why should they all be permitted HERE?? Just asking…

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A good piece on Carly Fiorina and her definition of Feminism: http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/07/is-carly-fiorina-redefining-feminism/

    I would argue, she is not RE-defining it. She is reminding people of what it was originally, and that was not just a Left-wing ideology based SOLELY on the issue of reproduction. We are more than that, and frankly, I think it is sexist as hell for the Dems to continue to act as if that is ALL women care about or are.

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    I wish we had a lot more like this Judge. 🙂

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    My solution for the OPM is to rid themselves of Archuleta and all others in her department and put in some tech savvy 15 year olds who will soon solve the problem and send the hackers on their way. Or better yet follow them back to where they came from and hack back.

    It isn’t that we don’t have quality people who can fight the hackers – we have many. We just don’t have them in government for the most part. If all these people were capable of doing their job this wouldn’t have happened. And the excuses from people like Archuleta are tiresome and very, very old. We need competent people – not excuses!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No kidding, huh? I heard Rep. Jason Chaffets say this morning that the IG has been saying for YEARS that security was a HUGE issue, and Archuleta didn’t address the problem head on. At least now she has resigned, but I imagine that means she will get a bunch of benefits she doesn’t deserve as opposed to her being FIRED, which she most definitely DESERVE.

      So tired of the excuses an the lack of accountability, generally speaking. This was a KNOWN problem, and now China has a boatload of information on a whole bunch of people with which they can do a whole lotta bad stuff…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Remember when Obama put Koskinen in at the IRS to replace Danny Werfel? Changing personnel doesn’t mean jack if they are no better than their predecessor. And in Koskinen’s case you got corruption with an overwhelming dose of arrogance.

        I don’t expect that whoever replaces Archuleta will be any better than she is. These people in government don’t know how to fix anything. They just know how to play politics, lie and collect monies they never earn and don’t deserve. No doubt Archuleta will be collecting her pension and perks til the day she dies for a job she flubbed.

        Shades of Lois Lerner! Although Lerner didn’t flub anything – she did exactly what she intended to do and got away with it. What I wouldn’t give to see that POS do a perp walk.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, you and me both, Marge. Heck, I would pay money to see that!

          Excellent point abt the ones who are replaced and their replacements. Werfel was terrible, but I think Koskinen is even worse, that smug schmuck. So, yeah – who knows who will go in Archuleta’s position now?

          Dang. Hadn’t thought of it this way before. Depressing, isn’t it?

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            Didn’t mean to be depressing. But gotta tell ya your “smug schmuck” put a smile on my face. A perfect description of Koskinen!

  5. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/10/opm-director-katherine-archuleta-resigns/

    OPM director resigns after data breach

    here is the link

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    o/t I love this Woman. 😀

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I am glad she is speaking out, especially after all the HELL Arizona took from the Obama Administration on Immigration. Thanks for this!

  7. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.weaselzippers.us/228793-unreal-cnn-blames-republicans-for-gross-incompetence-of-obamas-opm-appointee/

    CNN blames republicans

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Are you kidding me with this crap?? They just cannot stop themselves, can they?! WOW. WOW!!!!!

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And then there is this man Obama invited to the White House for a chitchat. Can’t be bothered with an actual head of state like BIBI, but he can invite a COMMUNIST LEADER FROM VIETNAM: http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-just-welcomed-deplorable-global-figure-to-wh-even-dems-are-attacking-him-for-it/

  9. foxyladi14 Says:

    Oh!!! And another o/t thought. 🙄

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No kidding!! First it was the flag on the SC Capitol grounds, at a Confederate MONUMENT. Now, Confederate flags cannot be placed at the graves of those who fought in the Confederacy if the cemeteries are controlled by the Park Service. Can’t acknowledge the Confederacy, or the Civil War, or any past history if it makes someone feel badly. And that is not directed to blacks who may take offense, but to white liberals who have gone off the deep end abt obliterating any sign of Southern history or culture…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I still think Maxine has the best response to flag burners:

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – exactly. A friend commented along the lines of the photo Foxy put up above, that nobody demanded all Gold’s Gyms be closed, NO ONE mentioned that Roof was burning an American flag, because apparently THAT doesn’t matter, and what kind of jeans is he wearing because clearly THOSE are racist, and on and on and on…

  10. helenk3 Says:

    Editor’s note: The Oklahoma prison President Obama will visit next week was home to Jason Hernandez, a prisoner convicted on drug charges who had his life sentence commuted by Obama in 2013, VICE reports. The New York Times has reported that sometime in the next few weeks, Obama is expected to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. – Stephanie
    End of note

    should we worry???????????

  11. helenk3 Says:

    http://therightscoop.com/zonation-how-do-democrats-know-what-is-fair/

    a must see video and please read the comments

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, and the comments are very good indeed, including highlighting that it was a Democrat, Ernest Fritz Hollings, who became a US Senator, who first flew the Confederate Flag over the Capitol. From the NY Times: The fight over the flag’s placement has a long history in South Carolina. It was originally flown atop the Capitol during the administration of Gov. Fritz Hollings, a Democrat, in 1962 as the civil rights movement gained steam, ostensibly to mark the centennial of the Civil War.

      There was a push in the late 1990s to take it down, but the flag continued to fly above South Carolina’s copper-domed Capitol until 2000, when a bipartisan agreement was reached to move it to a Confederate memorial nearby.
      One of the people who voted for it was Clem Pinckney, the State Senator killed at Emanuel AME Church.

      The article continues with this from Graham:“That compromise was widely accepted,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential hopeful. “But in light of what has happened, that has to be revisited because the shooter is so associated with the flag.”

      Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/22/us/politics/republicans-tread-carefully-in-criticism-of-confederate-flag.html?_r=0

      How is it that ONE deranged racist can have this much power, or have his actions given this much power? And not just here, but now in Park Service cemeteries where Confederate soldiers are buried, in other capitals, from tv shows, cars, and on I could go.

      All that is to say, the liberal led hysteria on this, and the capitulation by so many so quickly is amazing. The flag may well have needed to come down, but it should have been a decision by South Carolinians for South Carolinians come to in an organic manner. IMO, that is.

  12. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/07/black-father-who-lost-son-to-illegal-killer-trump-brought-us-fresh-air-trump-brought-us-hope-video/

    I saw this on tv

  13. helenk3 Says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/247542-poll-most-want-feds-to-punish-sanctuary-cities

    62% want feds to punish sanctuary cities

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is saying something, isn’t it?? The Feds cracked down on Arizona SO hard, as noted above, but Sanctuary Cities? Meh, no problem. Let’s keep sending them tax dollars, to boot!

  14. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/clint-eastwood-just-ignored-the-haters-and-jumped-on-the-trump-bandwagon-in-a-big-way/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=WesternJournalism&utm_content=2015-07-10

    Clint and The Donald

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Not to beat a fired OPM director but this is too good to pass up:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ahahahahaha! Good one!! Still irritates me that she wasn’t FIRED. Ugh.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        It annoys the hell out of me too! She will undoubtedly receive all the retirement perks that we sucker taxpayers hand out to incompetents like her.

        I would bet that Ms. Archuleta got a phone call from the White House busy bees that informed her that she was retiring. So “voluntary retirement” my ass!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, no doubt that is what happened. It infuriates me that Archuleta will get benefits, and I m sure they gave her a nice severance package to just go away.

          Once again, though, the incompetence of people in exceedingly important and sensitive departments is appalling. That she knew there were problems, and the IGs knew there were problems, and she was STILL THERE for years says everything…

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    For me the following isn’t so much a joke as a preview. Although in my case the drink would be bourbon.

    A lady goes to the bar on a cruise ship and orders a Scotch with two drops of water.

    As the bartender gives her the drink she says,

    ‘I’m on this cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday and it’s today….’

    The bartender says, ‘Well, since it’s your birthday, I’ll buy you a drink. In fact, this one is on me.’

    As the woman finishes her drink, the woman to her right says, ‘I would like to buy you a drink, too.’

    The old woman says, ‘Thank you. Bartender, I want a Scotch with two drops of water.’

    ‘Coming up,’ says the bartender

    As she finishes that drink, the man to her left says, ‘I would like to buy you one, too.’

    The old woman says, ‘Thank you. Bartender, I want another Scotch with two drops of water.’

    ‘Coming right up,’ the bartender says.

    As he gives her the drink, he says, ‘Ma’am, I’m dying of curiosity. Why the Scotch with only two drops of water?’

    The old woman replies, ‘Sonny, when you’re my age, you’ve learned how to hold your liquor. Holding your water, however, is a whole other issue.’

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – too funny…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I have reached a point in my life where the thing I know best about any establishment that I enter is where the bathroom is.

        The worst is Hobby Lobby which put their restrooms in the far left back corner. Unless you’ve got a V-8 motor on your shopping cart getting there in time can be touch and go.

        Here’s another “joke” that tells the story of my life as I grow older:

        ‘OLD’ IS When …

        ‘Getting lucky’ means you find your car in the parking lot.

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