- Missed Opportunities Detailed Ahead of Personnel Agency Hack. From ABC.com.
t was time to purge the hacker from the U.S. government’s computers.
After secretly monitoring the hacker’s online movements for months, officials worried he was getting too close to critical information, so they devised a plan, called the “Big Bang,” to expel him.
Trouble was, with all their attention focused in that case, they missed the other hacker entirely.
A congressional report provides previously undisclosed details and a behind-the-scenes chronology of one of the worst-ever cyberattacks on the United States. It lays out missed opportunities before the break-in at the Office of Personnel Management exposed security clearances, background checks and fingerprint records. That intrusion — widely blamed on China’s government — compromised personal information of more than 21 million current, former and prospective federal employees; led to the resignation of the OPM director; and drew outrage over changing explanations about its severity.