When hackers began slipping into computer systems at the Office of Personnel Management in the spring of 2014, no one inside that federal agency could have predicted the potential scale and magnitude of the damage. Over the next six months, those hackers — later identified as working for the Chinese government — stole data on nearly 22 million former and current American civil servants, including intelligence officials. The data breach, which included fingerprints, personnel records and security clearance background information, shook the intelligence community to its core.
The Pentagon is advising members of the military not to use consumer DNA kits, saying the information collected by private companies could pose a security risk, according to a memo co-signed by the Defense Department’s top intelligence official.
It’s not just the White House that may make it tough to act on the intelligence community’s findings — the long-standing ties between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia complicate efforts to hold the kingdom accountable.
From 2009 to 2013, the CIA’s online method of communicating with its sources was compromised — leading to the exfiltration, imprisonment or death of dozens of people. And the problem is proving hard to fix.