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Top investigator: America's cybersecurity 'stinks'

Top investigator: America's cybersecurity 'stinks'
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The federal government's cybersecurity situation is a mess. But, that's no surprise. We all know about the Office of Personnel Management hacks that have put the sensitive information of countless government employees at risk. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz called a hearing to investigate the problem, and he doesn't like what he sees.

“It stinks. It doesn’t work,” said House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who called the hearing to demand answers — though few were forthcoming in the public session.

It turns out government officials were warned about cybersecurity shortcomings in the computer network that was eventually hacked and the inspector general suggested the network should be shut down. The system was riddled with security holes, including unencrypted Social Security numbers and outdated security authorizations.

Next page: Read the Office of Personnel Management Director's response
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