Just last week, we learned about a major hack by Chinese cybercriminals that hit every single federal employee, including some former employees. It doesn't get much worse than that, does it? It turns out it does.
Yesterday, government officials announced that even more federal and military security clearance documents and background check information were stolen from the Office of Personnel Management in a separate hack, most likely from the same group or groups of hackers. The form that includes the extremely sensitive information is referred to as the Standard Form 86.
Standard Form 86 is over 100 pages long and asks applicants to divulge private information like their Social Security number, the SSN of any roommates or cohabitants, relatives that live both here and abroad and any history of mental illness or drug use. As of October 2014, there have been over 4 million citizens questioned for security clearances.
The mass hack of this form practically gives the Chinese a complete list of every American with a security clearance. And surprisingly, United States officials have been slow to officially link the Chinese government to this dangerous hack, and there is a reason why.