As the most sophisticated spy technology in history is being assembled, how safe is private and sensitive data?
US government security contractor’s secret’s hacked
As society watches with a yawn as US government security services have amassed historic technical access to peer into average citizen’s private matters – even understand their thoughts to various degrees – comes the story of the leading government security contractor having their technology hacked making their secrets no longer secret.
USIS is not only a major U.S. Homeland Security contractor that provides background checks for federal workers, it has access to highly secretive government worker’s identification and personal information.
The company was a victim of a cyber hijacking Wednesday.
Quick action is being taken to minimize the damage.
US government security contractor stops sharing employees’ data
According to the Department of Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard, the security agency has discontinued the practice of sharing employees’ data with USIS. Quoted on the web site Techsonia.com, Boogaard said the ban is in effect until authorities are certain that additional data will not be put at risk.
Among other sensitive projects, USIS conducts background security checks on DHS personnel.
The FBI has launched an investigation into the security breach and early indications the fingerprints of a foreign government cold be on the work. The agency was quoted as saying the apparent “external cyberattack” done by hackers suspected to be working for a foreign government – and the hack attack seems to have already found victims inside the security agency.
Boogaard was reported to say that initial forensic analysis showed certain DHS employees are likely to have been affected by the breach. The agency issued a notice on its entire workforce to be cautious. While employees were told to monitor their financial accounts for suspicious activity, could highly sensitive information have been compromised?
Could the names, addresses and personal data on critical terrorist security personal have been exposed to a foreign government with terrorist leanings?
Boogaard said a cyber-response team is working with the USIS to determine the extent of damage. What would happen if a foreign or nefarious group could access the NSA’s treasure trove of secrets? Could they find damaging information on government officials to be used as blackmail?
Hard to tell. That’s classified.