Just last week, we found out about a massive hack that put the data of every government employee at risk. Now, it turns out the government knew that the Office of Personnel Management's system was vulnerable long before the attack occurred.
Last summer, the Office of Personnel Management inspector general reported that the agency's computer network was extremely vulnerable to hackers.
The agency did not possess an inventory of all the computer servers and devices with access to its networks, and did not require anyone gaining access to information from the outside to use the kind of basic authentication techniques that most Americans use for online banking.
Chinese hackers managed to breach the network before the inspector general's report was published in November. The government then began updating security, but that wasn't enough to stop this massive data breach from beginning in December.
The hackers behind this breach are believed to be the same group responsible for attacks against healthcare companies Anthem and Primera.