OPM – OMG! Update

July 1, 2015

OPM director Katherine Archuleta told the Senate  and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that stolen passwords for a federal contractor were used by hackers in the two cyberattacks targeting federal employee data.

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June 25, 2015

Earlier this month, it was reported that the personnel records of 4 million federal employees had been compromised in a cyber attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  OPM is the US Government’s HR department. As events unfold, it now appears that this breach was much worse than first reported.  The Washington Times is reporting that the breach may involve records of 32 million Americans.

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Office of Personnel Management Called Before Congress

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President – Cyber Will Get Worse

June 9, 2015

Last week it was revealed the about 4 million former and current federal employees were impacted by a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management.

Yesterday morning at a press conference in Germany, the President said, “We have known for a long time that there are significant vulnerabilities, and that these vulnerabilities are going to accelerate as time goes by, both in systems within government and within the private sector.”

As if acting on cue, a few hours after the President’s prediction that things would get worse, things got worse. Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost, U.S. Army, announced that the Army’s official website had been hacked:

“Today an element of the Army.mil service provider’s content was compromised.”



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4 Million Fed Employees Compromised – Office of Personnel Management

June 8, 2015

The personnel records of about 4 million current and former federal employees were compromised in a cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management. This attack is being attributed to China.


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Deceptive Email Compromises More Than 1 Million Health Care Records

May 26, 2015

Carefirst, the health insurance company, reported on May 20 that approximately 1.1 million health care records were compromised in “a sophisticated cyberattack.”


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Verizon Discovers – Human Phishing Sensors

May 6, 2015

Verizon has released its Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report. We created this infographic from the report:

verizon 2015 dbir

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RSA 2015 – Lessons from 1919

April 24, 2015

We attended the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week.  There were two giant convention halls filled with latest in information security.  In addition to the in-booth presentations, there were continuous presentations and panels discussing security.  Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was a keynote speaker. Yet, in this sea of the new, the most interesting thing was something patented almost a century ago. In the NSA’s booth (yes, that NSA) was this:


A wooden box about the size of a toaster oven — an Enigma machine.  Learn more at our new blog.


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