by Mark Nestmann
The Burning Platform
You have to admit that the US government has a pretty dismal record when it comes to computer security.
In just the last year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed that hackers had stolen the personal information of more than 20 million current and former federal government applicants and employees. The stolen data included more than six million fingerprints – considered the “gold standard” for proof of identity.
If that wasn’t enough, the IRS acknowledged it also had suffered a massive data breach, with hackers stealing information of more than 300,000 taxpayers to claim more than $50 million in bogus refunds. And just a few months later, the IRS admitted that the system it used to identify taxpayers electronically had itself been hacked!