Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Comments
OPM: Personal Info On 21.5 Million People Exposed In Hack
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
dmba
dmba,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/9/2015 | 7:21:15 PM
Lost war
If this is confirmed information..  America has lost the counter intelligence and cyber war.
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
7/10/2015 | 10:11:40 AM
Attacker
Who was the instigator of the hack? Any leads?
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
7/10/2015 | 10:15:50 AM
Re: Lost war
I wouldn't say lost...I would say losing heavily. I think that security takes a back seat to ease of use unfortunately. "Oh, I can make my password my name. Great, I'll never forget that and no one else knows my name" (Sarcasm) Perhaps not that bad but for multi-form authentication ease of use is definitely the preferred among non-security professionals. I was just applying this mindset to one principle of security and does not pertain explicitly to the article but I feel that amongst many non-security folk this mindset is prevalent.
HAnatomi
HAnatomi,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/11/2015 | 4:35:09 AM
There should be a solution.
Hopefully someone will soon come up with a solution that enables us to stores the biometric data offline and use them online but does not force us to carry around the device that stores the sensitive data.
StepAheadPR
StepAheadPR,
User Rank: Strategist
7/14/2015 | 3:06:33 PM
Worriesome and astonishing

The extent of the records stolen is astonishing and worrisome. Over 21 million people exposed, or around 7-8% of the U.S. population, have had personally identifiable information compromised in the attacks.

Although usernames and passwords can be changed, and compromised cards replaced, victims of a breach need to understand that every bit of information exposed is important. Fraudsters are learning that information coupled from various breaches can create more comprehensive 'identity bundles' which sell for a higher value to hackers.

With more complete information, more fraud can take place. As an example, if I'm a hacker and gain access to geographical data on John Smith from breach one, and bank account information from breach two, I can fill out a loan application or apply for a new credit card as John regularly would. 

Fortunately, user behavior analytics can provide victims of this and other breaches with an extra layer of protection even after the hack has occurred. Online fraud detection solutions can stop fraudsters in their tracks by identifying suspicious activity, in a completely passive and unintrusive way. This is accomplished by understanding how a legitimate user truly behaves in contrast to a potential fraudster with legitimate information.

Without even interrupting a user's experience, fraud can be predicted and prevented from occurring.

Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
7/14/2015 | 3:42:15 PM
Lawsuits
Should we expect any lawsuit against government anytime soon? If this was happening to a private company the government will be all over it. Very surprising that this much sensitive information could be compromised at a given time.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
7/14/2015 | 3:44:26 PM
Re: Lost war
Americans lost. US Government may still be getting what they need to get, we just do not hear it, and obviously they are not protecting the data well enough.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
7/14/2015 | 3:46:37 PM
Re: Lost war
I would say lost. Why wouldn't I? this amount of information with this sensitivity should have not been compromised. Not from US. 
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
7/14/2015 | 3:48:59 PM
Re: There should be a solution.
Better make storage online secure. All we need to focus on confidentiality, integrity and availability and apply that to different layers. Why would anybody be able to acce4ss this much information at any given time? There is no real reason.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
7/14/2015 | 4:58:03 PM
Re: Attacker
Well, security researchers and others are pointing at China. This is pure intel hacking, and devastating in its scope and exposure. 
Page 1 / 2   >   >>


Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
I Smell a RAT! New Cybersecurity Threats for the Crypto Industry
David Trepp, Partner, IT Assurance with accounting and advisory firm BPM LLP,  7/9/2021
News
Attacks on Kaseya Servers Led to Ransomware in Less Than 2 Hours
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  7/7/2021
Commentary
It's in the Game (but It Shouldn't Be)
Tal Memran, Cybersecurity Expert, CYE,  7/9/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Developing and Testing an Effective Breach Response Plan
Whether or not a data breach is a disaster for the organization depends on the security team's response and that is based on how the team developed a breach response plan beforehand and if it was thoroughly tested. Inside this report, experts share how to: -understand the technical environment, -determine what types of incidents would trigger the plan, -know which stakeholders need to be notified and how to do so, -develop steps to contain the breach, collect evidence, and initiate recovery.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-26394
PUBLISHED: 2022-12-02
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: none. Reason: This candidate was in a CNA pool that was not assigned to any issues during 2020. Notes: none.
CVE-2020-26395
PUBLISHED: 2022-12-02
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: none. Reason: This candidate was in a CNA pool that was not assigned to any issues during 2020. Notes: none.
CVE-2020-26396
PUBLISHED: 2022-12-02
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: none. Reason: This candidate was in a CNA pool that was not assigned to any issues during 2020. Notes: none.
CVE-2020-26397
PUBLISHED: 2022-12-02
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: none. Reason: This candidate was in a CNA pool that was not assigned to any issues during 2020. Notes: none.
CVE-2020-26398
PUBLISHED: 2022-12-02
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: none. Reason: This candidate was in a CNA pool that was not assigned to any issues during 2020. Notes: none.