United States Senator Ben Sasse sees the recent federal data breach as much more serious than other cyber-crimes and says the Obama Administration isn’t doing enough to address it.
Sasse had a two-word statement when he learned the head of the Office of Personnel Management had resigned in wake of the hack attack that stole sensitive information from 21.5 million people: not enough.
“This isn’t a question of a personnel director,” Sasse tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “This is ultimately a military and an intelligence issue that requires political leadership from the administration and, no, they’re not serious about it yet.”
Sasse suspects the Chinese could be behind a cyber-attack that went well beyond identity theft. It stole background files with sensitive information disclosed during security clearance investigations, extremely sensitive information according to Sasse.
Sasse says many in the tech industry are alarmed by the federal government’s response.
“They know that we don’t yet have a model for how to think about the era of cyber warfare that we’re entering,” Sasse says.
Sasse outlines four questions that he believes must be addressed in wake of the data breach in an op-ed written for WIRED.
Mounting criticism forced Katherine Archuleta to step down as director of the federal Office of Personnel Management. She had been director since November 2013.
The data breach collected Social Security numbers and other sensitive information from 21.5 million Americans as well as the security clearance information. It is believes to be the largest cyber-security attack in U.S. history.
Federal officials have offered victims of the attack credit-monitoring services and identity-theft insurance.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]