What’s Happening: Hackers Steal More Data
The Obama administration announced yesterday that Chinese hackers have stolen the personal data—including social security numbers—of more than four million government employees. It now appears those same hackers have also taken data from two major American healthcare firms. It is unclear whether the attacks were sponsored by the Chinese government.
A rough 12 months: As Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic, it hasn’t been a good year for government data security. Both the White House and the State Department had some of their computer networks breached in October 2014. What is the government doing to boost the country’s defenses? The NSA has expanded its surveillance of Americans’ internet traffic to better find evidence of hacking. But the fact that the expansion took place without public debate—and the surveillance without warrants—shows, once again, the challenge of balancing liberty and safety in the quest for security.
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