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Cross Referencing Exposed Government Data

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Tagged As: Hacking, Legal, Privacy, and Security

Almost two months ago, the Office of Personnel Management had its servers breached by Chinese hackers which subsequently exposed the personal information for nearly every government employee. The data is obviously a goldmine for nation state counter-intelligence units to cross reference against other collected data in a search for spies. The latest twist to the story is now leveraging the enormous Ashley Madison site leak in order to correlate government employees for blackmail opportunities. Employees were obviously infuriated by the lax security and the vastness of the breach. Perhaps more insultingly, OPM is offering identity protection through CSID – but a quick WHOIS query against CSID shows they’re hosted with Rackspace which has a data mirroring policy across it’s datacenters that includes China.

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