In June, the U.S. government announced that it had suffered a vast breach of computer security. The databases kept by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had been hacked, and some or all of the contents taken. Initially that seemed bad enough, as every federal employee was clearly vulnerable to identity theft. The main government workers’ union demanded lifetime credit checks for all of those affected. It soon became clear that the breach had a much worse national-security consequence. Apparently the records involved included those of all security investigations over the past 30 years. They had been computerized to improve efficiency, but it seemed that no one had considered the security aspect of that decision.
World Naval Developments - Once More into the Breach
By Norman Friedman