It hasn't been a great year for the federal government when it comes to cybersecurity. From Russian hackers operating in the White House's networks for months to the Office of Personnel Management hacks that exposed sensitive information on 24 million government employees, it's getting scary. According to one top investigator, America's cybersecurity "stinks."
Now you can add another hack to the growing list, and this one hits too close to home, literally. The infamous hacking group Anonymous managed to swipe data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The good news is that Anonymous didn't get its hands on any citizen records or other confidential databases. At least that's the story right now.
As Michael Cook, the Census Bureau spokesman, told The Register, "the U.S. Census Bureau is investigating an IT security incident relating to unauthorized access to non-confidential information on an external system that is not part of the Census Bureau internal network. Access to the external system has been restricted while our IT forensics team investigates."