In October, we learned that a hacker claiming to be a teenager had accessed the personal email account of CIA Director John Brennan. WikiLeaks then published at least some of the emails. According to WikiLeaks, the published materials include a list of Brennan’s contacts and recommendations on dealing with Iran for “[w]hoever takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January 2009.” The previous month Hillary Clinton apologized for using her personal email account while she was secretary of state, and the New York Times reported that some of the emails in question were classified as “Top Secret” by the CIA and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. In April 2012, the South Carolina government discovered that a Department of Health and Human Services employee had downloaded personal information about more than 220,000 Medicaid beneficiaries into his personal email account. By now, we are used to the idea of hackers committing cyberattacks on businesses and the government. We assume, and expect, that businesses and government entities have in place reasonable cybersecurity measures to protect data. The above incidents, however, all involve situations in which an individual within an organization had either taken data from the secured environment and placed it in a presumably […]
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