After the recent "ransomware" cyberattack that took place on May 12, 2017, you may be more than a little concerned about the Internet and security. Institutions like the CIA, the FBI or the NSA may seem like the most probable targets of international hackers; the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – essentially the American government’s human resources department – probably doesn’t spring to mind. Brendan I. Koerner, a contributing editor for Wired, carefully details the devastating cybersecurity breach the OPM experienced in April 2015. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone concerned about cybersecurity breaches and their implications for the future.
In this summary, you will learn
- How an engineer at the US Office of Personnel Management discovered that someone had hacked the agency,
- What type of information the hackers accessed and
- What the US government has done to prevent future cyberattacks.
About the Author
Brendan I. Koerner is a contributing editor to Wired.