From the Washington Free Bacon: “Report: 4 in 10 Government Security Breaches Go Undetected: DHS, DOJ, DOD, EPA, NASA, Energy, State routinely hacked.”
A new report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) details widespread cybersecurity breaches in the federal government, despite billions in spending to secure the nation’s most sensitive information.
The report, released on Tuesday, found that approximately 40 percent of breaches go undetected, and highlighted “serious vulnerabilities in the government’s efforts to protect its own civilian computers and networks.”
“In the past few years, we have seen significant breaches in cybersecurity which could affect critical U.S. infrastructure,” the report said. “Data on the nation’s weakest dams, including those which could kill Americans if they failed, were stolen by a malicious intruder. Nuclear plants’ confidential cybersecurity plans have been left unprotected. Blueprints for the technology undergirding the New York Stock Exchange were exposed to hackers.”
Nearly every agency has been attacked, including the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, State, Labor, Energy, and Commerce. NASA, the EPA, the FDA, the U.S. Copyright Office, and the National Weather Service have also been hacked or had personal information stolen.
How do you make criminal minds deliriously happy? Collate everything into one, central location, so bad guys only have to hack one system that people are forced to use, and cannot abandon, rather than making thieves hack hundreds of private-sector systems, where customers can abandon ship, if the company proves incompetent with security.
(Not to mention that government contractors are proving notoriously inept, because they’re selected based on criminal favoritism, rather than on actual skill and talent. Did you know the Obama Administration gave the hacks of Michelle Obama’s friend at CGI Federal, who designed and failed with Obamacare, six more projects—and tens of millions of your dollars—AFTER they proved incompetent with healthcare.gov?)
This is as stupid as putting all power in one place—Washington DC—which is an irresistible target for sociopaths; one “safe” to crack, and all the plundered wealth of the nation is theirs for the taking!