Congressmen want answers on why USPS waited two months to tell victims of data breach

Reps. Issa, Farenthold

Reps. Issa, Farenthold

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and House Oversight Committee Subcommittee on Postal Service Chairman Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, today released the following statement in response to the United States Postal Service’s announcement that the Chinese purportedly hacked the agency’s data:

“This is a serious security breach that has put the personal information of Americans at risk. The Committee is deeply concerned about this cyber attack, and will continue to press the Postal Service for answers about how hackers were able to pierce the agency’s security protocols. Additionally, it underscores the dire need for information security reform, which the committee has pursued through FISMA reforms. The Postal Service must do a better job securing the information of the American public.

“Furthermore, the Committee understands the Postal Service has known about this attack since September and presented this information to Congress several weeks ago, but did so as a classified matter. The Committee will also be seeking information about why the Administration waited two months before making the news of this attack public and preventing victims from taking proactive measures to secure their own information. We have not been told why the agency no longer considers the information classified.”

4 thoughts on “Congressmen want answers on why USPS waited two months to tell victims of data breach

  1. you can’t read too well, they never mention postal workers at all, they say the AMERICAN’S at risk and the American public’s information. They do not never one time acknowledge Postal Workers, Postal Employees or even federal workers. They HATE postal workers.

  2. Yes, it is interesting how Issa suddenly is “concerned” about employee security when he’s out to kill our jobs. Just political bullshit rhetoric, I assure you.
    However, it is a very good question why those USPS management personnel kept us out of the loop for almost two months. That was plenty of time for the hackers to do major damage to 800000 people, and they probably did just that. We’ll see enormous reports of identity theft, credit card theft and who knows what else in the coming weeks now that the crucial private information is out and stored in servers in China for easy access.
    I’ll tell the USPS this: if I am victimized in any way shape or form and can show it was through the USPS computer data that was compromised, I will not hesitate to make you pay for it one way or the other. This is one time you will not be able to weasel out of screwing us, and you better have some damn good attorneys on retainer.
    Anybody with computer access in the Service could tell you the equipment is old, out of date and breaks down all the time, just like everything else this horrendously incompetent management gets its paws on. Maybe this time Congress will do something about Donahoe and his blind leadership. I fear this hack job is going to cost victims a lot of money and hassle, and the USPS will try to back out of making restitution wherever they can. Do I hear a Federal class action lawsuit calling our names? I hope so.

  3. Why wait two months you ask?
    Because the executives of the USPS are completely and utterly incompetent!!!

  4. So when is this jerk so concerned about postal employees? He has repeatedly attacked the postal service and it’s employees. Now he is concerned. If he cares so much , repeal the $5 billion plus annual pre-funding for future retirees.

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