Monday, July 13, 2015

what happens next?

I'm back.

I'm still waiting to hear what exactly the US is going to do about the personal data of millions of past and current federal government workers and their partners, which was hacked. It is believed China and its minions (not those of recent film fame) hacked into the system. The hack was found in April but announced only last Thrs. An initial statement said the data of 4 million was hacked, but a later announcement estimated it was the data of 21.5 million. For more info see  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33472585 The head of The Office of Personnel Management has resigned. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33481285. Now that the scapegoat has been eliminated, what happens next? Will the data be dumped, sold, used to access bank accounts, passwords to government sites, webpages, to identify people, soldiers, spies? More importantly, what is our government going to do moving forward to protect people whose personal data has been hacked, and those whose data ends up in fed computer systems in the future?

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