Federal agencies wide open to hackers, cyberspies
WASHINGTON - Federal records show that the government, which stores sensitive data from nuclear secrets to Americans' tax returns, has repeatedly failed to take rudimentary steps to safeguard against sophisticated cyberattacks.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is under fire after acknowledging that its databases were plundered by suspected Chinese cyberspies in what is being called one of the worst breaches in U.S. history. But the personnel agency actually ranks in the middle of the pack on the White House's annual report card of compliance with minimum information security standards.
OPM neglected for years to implement basic cybersecurity protections, its internal watchdog told Congress in damning testimony last week. But government reports show that the departments of Treasury, Transportation, State and Health have significantly worse records.