WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers stole Social Security numbers, health histories and other highly sensitive data from more than 21 million people, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that the breach of U.S. government computer systems was far more severe than previously disclosed.
The scope of the data breach — believed to be the biggest in U.S. history — has grown dramatically since the government first disclosed earlier this year that hackers had gotten into the Office of Personnel Management’s personnel database and stolen records for about 4.2 million people. Since then, the Obama administration has acknowledged a second, related breach of the systems housing private data that individuals submit during background investigations to obtain security clearances.
That second attack affected more than 19 million people who applied for clearances, as well as nearly 2 million of their spouses, housemates and others who never applied for security clearances, the administration said. Among the data the hackers stole: criminal, financial, health, employment and residency histories, as well as information about their families and acquaintances.
I expect a certain level of benign incompetence from the government. But this is an active, malicious level of incompetence.
Ms. Archuleta, the director of OPM, who has no background in an office, personnel, or management, steadfastly maintains that she won’t step down.
And isn’t that exactly the whole story of the current administration?
Everything they touch turns to shit. OPM, the VA secret waiting lists leaving veterans to die with no care, the incredible failure of the Obamacare website at stupendous cost, the trillion dollar stimulus on shovel ready jobs that was frittered away and produced nothing more than a few roadside signs, a Department of Defense that is slashing end strength and capabilities, and yet whose sole focus seems to be on social engineering in the ranks, all while in the middle of shooting wars on multiple fronts, an IRS that has been weaponized to attack political opponents, and a Justice Department that seeks “justice” for some, and persecution for others. And that’s before we even get to a former Secretary of State who had a private, unsecured email server tucked in the basement of her home, and brazenly ignored subpenas and destroyed evidence. And she’s the smarter of the two secretaries State has seen since 2009.
The very worst thing is, not one person will be fired for this. Not for any of this. It is one thing that the administration holds me in contempt. It is worse than that. It holds its very base in contempt. The political left that cherishes its vision of itself as brighter, more enlightened, more empathetic, and the administration does everything it can to show its own base that the government, the source of all good to the left, cannot and will not perform its duties and shuns any and all accountability to anyone, friend or foe.