This seems to be a Big Thing

hate to let it go unremarked…

Several U.S. officials say hackers linked to China appear to have gained access to sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel seeking security clearances.

…The forms believed accessed, known as Standard Form 86, require applicants to fill out deeply personal information about mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests and bankruptcies. They also require the listing of contacts and relatives, potentially exposing any foreign relatives of U.S. intelligence employees to coercion. The applicant’s Social Security number and that of his or her cohabitant are required.

aaaand…

“Based on the sketchy information OPM [Office of Personnel Management] has provided, we believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees,”

We already know They have hacked the Pentagon and NASA.

Toss this in for flavor:

There are 450,000 miles of high-voltage power lines and 160,000 miles of overhead transmission lines in the United States connecting electrical power plants to homes and businesses. Since large amounts of energy cannot be stored, electricity must be produced as it is used. The power distribution grid must respond quickly to shifting demand and continuously generate and route electricity to where it’s needed the most.

…The U.S. federal government is also investing in a so-called smart grid that employs digital technology to more efficiently manage energy resources.

And whaddya got?

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Something No One is discussing, mentioning, … noticing.

Funny, that…

11 Comments!

  1. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 8:31 am |

    Nothing to see here. Move along, now.

    (cough)

  2. Ironic in Denver
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 9:05 am |

    Saw the news stories. This is a catastrophe of almost unimaginable proportions and consequences. If we had a parliamentary system, it ought to bring down the government. But of course not here, in more ways than one.

    What little I’ve seen of Federal systems, there is a reckless disregard for the obvious and staggering incompetence pretty much everywhere you look. It will be interesting (and surprising) to see if anyone that matters learns anything from this.

  3. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 9:23 am |

    It’s okay.
    I think one of my official photos includes a rude finger gesture.
    This is pretty much what it would look like:

    Chest-beating aside,
    I have no words for the total, unmitigated fuquppe that this is.

    Now,
    sit back and imagine the disaster that centralized medical information will be.

    Bottom line:
    everyone will be blackmailable and intimidatable by criminal, US gov’t, and foreign bad-actors and teenagers.

    Yeah, Orwellian.
    No, worse than Orwellian.

  4. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 9:49 am |

    imagine the disaster that centralized medical information will be is

    FIFY

    fuquppe
    I admire your command of Frentch!
    ; >

  5. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 10:04 am |

    Also,
    hackers are able to turn DC’s 5-hrs-of-morning-commute mess into a 24/7 thing.

  6. mech
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 10:04 am |

    Kinda puts the social manipulation aside as all the necessary information is available to figure out passwords and accounts.

    Time to airgap important systems and databases now that the barn is empty?

  7. neal
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 11:18 am |

    Proxy prelude to invasion.
    Identify who is bought, traded, and sold.
    Identify who can be coerced.
    Identify who are not compliant enough to leave alone.

    Extreme prejudice. I thought the Soviets were something, until I experienced the Chinese Nationals.

    Man. Start with the government, work your way down.
    Good news, they all hate each other.
    Bad news, they ally against our God given freedoms, which they hate even more.

    Just a digital boot, stomping on a face, in bullet time.

  8. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm |

    Just think what this data will be worth if offered for rent to, oh, sayyy the Mafia.
    … or the DNC.

    (What? Okay, yeah, same thing.)

  9. Stick
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm |

    Wait…4 MILLION Federal workers moochers. Are you freakin’ kidding me?

  10. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm |

    …. the Mafia.
    … or the DNC.
    (What? Okay, yeah, same thing.)

    Not quite. The Mafia has something resembling a code of honor, whereas honor is something no Democrat politician has.

  11. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 2:12 pm |

    Going digital, and/or using the Internet for anything that absolutely, positively must work every time is a death wish, stupidity, pollyannish, opium dream, naivette.

    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
    I sure hope to goodness the Grid is an isolated system, utterly disconnected from anything outside itself.

    I think what the assholes in charge really want to do with digital grid management is a scam for getting their control into our houses and deeper into our lives – think ameliorating Climate Change via controlling your hot water, HVAC use, essentially rationing power at will rather than let market price control usage.