Cybersecurity Expert: Massive Hack 'Devastating' to U.S. National Security
Cybersecurity analyst Morgan Wright said on "Happening Now" today that the recent hacking of the Office of Personnel Management was "devastating" and will hurt the national security of the United States.
Hackers linked to China reportedly gained access to sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military employees for security clearances. Millions of security clearance holders, including CIA, NSA and military special operations personnel, are potentially exposed in the breach.
Wright said that the Inspector General has issued warnings for years about the danger of cybertheft of federal records.
"Now, guess what? Not only has it come home to roost, it's going to hurt the national security of the United States in ways we have yet begun to realize," Wright stated.
He explained that people who have had their personal information compromised could be blackmailed or even forced to commit espionage against their own country.
"It's devastating," Wright said. "This is something that never should have been allowed to happen."
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