$4.5 Billion National Cybersecurity and Protection System (NCPS) Program Fails to Stop Chinese Hack of U.S. Government Personnel Files

Your tax dollars (not) at work:

In April, federal authorities detected an ongoing remote attack targeting the United States’ Office of Personnel Management (OPM) computer systems. This situation may have gone on for months, possibly even longer, but the White House only made the discovery public last Friday. While the attack was eventually uncovered using the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Einstein — the multibillion-dollar intrusion detection and prevention system that stands guard over much of the federal government’s Internet traffic — it managed to evade this detection entirely until another OPM breach spurred deeper examination.

While anonymous administration officials have blamed China for the attack (and many in the security community believe that the attack bears the hallmark of Chinese state-sponsored espionage), no direct evidence has been offered. The FBI blamed a previous breach at an OPM contractor on the Chinese, and security firm iSight Partners told The Washington Post that this latest attack was linked to the same group that breached health insurer Anthem.

Comment: Here is a translation of government English: “When we don’t have a clue about what really happened, we blame it on the Chinese.”

You can read more about this sad story in an article by Ellen Nakashima in The Washington Post at http://goo.gl/IyOkXi.

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