(National Sentinel)Â Treachery:Â Long forgotten by most in the plethora of scandals that occurred during the very scandal-prone Obama administration was the fact that Chinese government hackersÂ were able to penetrate the Office of Personnel ManagementÂ (OPM) â€” the government agency that keeps the employment records ofÂ allÂ U.S. government personnel, past and present â€” and steal 21 million records.
Included in the massive theft, investigators would soon realize,Â were fingerprints that accompanied some 5.6 million recordsÂ â€” far more than were initially thought to have been taken.
â€œThe fact that the number [of fingerprints breached] just increased by a factor of five is pretty mind-boggling,â€ Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, toldÂ The Washington Post, as reported byÂ Cyberwar.news.Â â€œIâ€™m surprised they didnâ€™t have structures in place to determine the number of fingerprints compromised earlier during the investigation.â€
But as bad as this was, some lawmakers were more stunned by the Obama administrationâ€™s distinct lack of urgency regarding the situation.
â€œTodayâ€™s blatant news dump is the clearest sign yet that the administration still acts like the OPM hack is a PR crisis instead of a national security threat,â€ said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., in response to an OPM statement regarding the theft of the fingerprints.
At the time of that report â€” September 2015 â€” Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Washington, D.C., for an official state visit. AsÂ Cyberwar.newsÂ noted:
It wasnâ€™t clear if the subject of the OPM breach â€“ and Chinese hacking of American systems in general â€“ was to be part of President Obamaâ€™s agenda, but a number of analysts have said itâ€™s likely to be, at least at some level.
It was learned after Obama left office that his administration was distinctlyÂ passiveÂ when it came to punishing China â€” or Russia, or North Korea â€” for its cyber operations against multiple U.S. systems.
And in fact, according to a report from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the OPM hackÂ was preventableÂ in the first place.
â€œCompetent leaders would have seen the obvious threat and responded to it. The OPMâ€™s didnâ€™t,â€ said the report.Â
â€œBy ignoring repeated warnings of system vulnerability, failing to adopt basic cybersecurity best practices and wasting millions of dollars maintaining outdated technology, OPM leaders left the agencyâ€™s valuable data vulnerable to attack.Â
â€œPresident Obamaâ€™s decision to appoint Katherine Archuleta as director of the agency based on political patronage rather than on skill and expertise topped off the perfect storm,â€ it noted.
In February, then-Cyber Command head Adm. Mike Rogers testified before Congress that China regularly violated an agreement Xi and Obama had made earlier for Beijing to curtail its cyber activities, theÂ Washington Free BeaconÂ reported.
Especially since the OPM theft alone was considered to be such a devastating attack?
Some have speculated his reluctance to retaliate fits a pattern that developed over the course of his presidency for helping those who hurt the U.S.
Obama rewarded the Iranians during his tenure, despite Tehranâ€™s open hostility against us. He allowed Iran to steal a highly advanced U.S. drone, paid hundreds of millions of dollars in cash â€” then delivered the money via cargo plane in the middle of the night â€” in ransom for American hostages (against longstanding U.S. policy), and even stood by while Iranian naval forces captured two U.S. Navy small boats in international waters.
He showed the Chinese the same kind of leniency despite Beijingâ€™s hostile acts against our country.
People who question his loyalty to this country have grounds to do so.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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