Breach Of Homeland Security Background Checks Raises Red Flags; State-Sponsored Attack May Be Targeting Those Getting Security Clearances

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Breach Of Homeland Security Background Checks Raises Red Flags; State-Sponsored Attack May Be Targeting Those Getting Security Clearances

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Sara Peters, writing on the August 25, 2014 website Dark Reading notes that “background check records of 25,000 undercover investigators and other Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) staff, were exposed in the breach at US Investigations Services (USIS) [earlier] this month,” unnamed officials told the Reuters News Service last Friday. USIS released a statement saying the incident “had all the markings of a state-sponsored attack.” Ms. Peters writes that “What agency officials have said about the incident — and, what they haven’t said about it — are raising questions about the breach’s ultimate impact; and, about inadequate measures for ensuring that third-party government contractors properly secure classified information.”

“If [leaking] credit-card data to [attackers] is like giving your kids a spoonful of sugar, compromising background checks is like handing them cocaine,”…

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