A hacker–probably connected to the Chinese government–has hacked into the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, stealing personal records on some 21 million federal employees. The stolen information includes the results of security clearances, as well as coercion material on people with security clearances, meaning that this is an intelligence disaster. Nebraska freshman Senator Ben Sasse, perhaps my highest-ranking personal acquaintance, has written perceptively about this in Wired Magazine, no less. Excerpt and link after the jump.
More diplomatic embarrassment as additional Snowden papers reveal that the National Security Administration has been bugging the offices of the European Union in Washington, the United Nations, and even its headquarters in Brussels. (Not just the internet and phone monitoring. Old-fashioned microphones in the buildings.) So now our allies are mad at us. [Read more…]