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Manny's Cooking Breakfast

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Our pious friend, Mantis Manny, is cooking breakfast for us this morning. He is preparing enough scrambled eggs and bacon to feed an army. I will be providing Bloody Marys, virgin or otherwise, to complete the meal. Manny is very concerned about the increasing occurrence of hacking in our nation. Our personal information is there for the taking and something has to be done about it. Please join us for breakfast. We are anxiously awaiting your arrival.

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Oops, They Did it Again!

Thank you all for joining me this morning. By now I am sure you are all aware of the fact that hackers tied to China have successfully acquired all the sensitive background information submitted by our intelligence and military personnel for security clearances. The forms that were stolen are called Standard Form 86. Applicants are required to fill out extremely personal information. The forms ask about mental health issues, alcohol use, drug use, arrests and bankruptcies and, of course, social security numbers. All contacts and relatives must be written down as well. Now all this highly personal information is in the hands of the bad guys. Make no mistake about it, China is the culprit. The information leaves U.S. intelligence employees in a very compromised and vulnerable position. They and their friends and families can be subjected to blackmail and coercion. The Chinese now possess the identity of every single person who has a U.S. security clearance. How will it be possible for our intelligence offers to operate if their identities are known?

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No Comment

The White House didn't have much to say about the hack. At first they spoke about the hack of federal personnel data which compromised the personal information of millions of current and former civilian federal employees. Their first mention of the breach minimized the number of people affected. The full scope of the hack was revealed later. Hackers stole social security numbers, military records, veteran's information, addresses, health insurance, job and pay info, life insurance and pension information. The information is there and has been there for the taking. Shame on us. This breach and others never should have happened. We have been asleep at the switch for years and years.

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Gone Spear-phising

China now has the ability to launch a major spear-phising attack. Spear-Phasing is a technique which hackers employ to send emails that look completely legitimate so that users open them enabling the hacker to load spyware onto their networks. We are in deep trouble. The question remains, why are we so unprepared for attacks like this? Where are the experts who can access our vulnerability and get things moving in the right direction? Congress needs to step up to the plate and change laws that currently make private companies reluctant to work for the federal government. How is it possible that we have been so complacent all these years?

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Any Response, Mr. President?

Now that China has all this sensitive information, what does President Obama plan to do about it? Surely, we are not going to let the Chinese walk away from this theft? Perhaps President Obama should leave global warming to Mother Nature and take on the real threat in front of all of us. A foreign government has complete access to our personal information. China has the ability to ruin all of our lives. We need to respond in kind and we need to do it soon. In the meantime, we had better get a grip on cyberspace, before it buries all of us. This is, no doubt, just the tip of a massive iceberg.

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Comments 34 comments

taxlarry 17 months ago

I thought we had a brilliant and competent man in the white house so that something like this hack couldn't happen. I guess I am wrong.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

Who told you that fairy tale? I am off to the Inn on the early side today.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

pop.....Looks like an awful lot of people need to figure out a way to live in vulnerable & compromised positions. "Shame on us," is our mantra these days....(sigh)

Of course we don't get the full scope of all the "screw-ups" taking place. This would be way too much truth exposure for the gods to admit to. "Congress needs to step up to the plate??" You mean, a paralyzed Congress is expected to act? Someone needs to wake them and tell them.

Is it me or is 2016 taking FOREVER to arrive? Then again, can we really be so bold as to believe "she" won't get in?? Maybe our high level of wishful thinking is just that? WHERE will we go, pop?


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear fp,

I heard this morning that Hillary's speech registered very well with voters who are not committed as of yet. That bit of news made me sick! What else does she have to do to prove she is a crook! I just read that Coopers Lybrand helped to hide and divert money away from the foundation. They could be brought up on criminal charges. What about the Clinton? This is all too much for me. See you at the Inn.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Relax pop......just because you "heard" her jibberish "registered well," doesn't mean it REALLY did. Remember, the campaign has begun. From here on out, every last syllable that flows from the orifice of a politician (and/or their cohorts) is a blatant, bold-faced L-I-E! A huge pile of Horse dung. We need to concentrate on the goal.


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Tom Whitworth 17 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Manny,

Speaking of cyber-security, I remember when the push was on to redo the Abysmal-Care (Health care) website some items, like security, were allowed to fall short. Has anyone ever said it is up to snuff now?


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Old Poolman 17 months ago from Rural Arizona

Good Morning Pop - I will not be at all surprised if this administration finds a way to blame this data theft on Global Warming.

I read where a probing type breach was successful back in November of last year, and they were warned to get some better locks on the door at that time. But this being a Federal Agency of course nothing was done about it.

Now, even with this being a government agency, "somebody" with a name is in charge of data security. This unnamed person earns a large salary to make sure this data is safe and secure. The fact is this "somebody" did not do his job and should be fired and replaced by someone who can do the job.

But then they will blame this data theft on antiquated equipment and software, and those damn Republicans will not give them the money to fix the problem. Nobody will get fired, and the problem will not get fixed. Just another normal day in Washington.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear fp,

Okay, thanks for the slap, I needed it! I'll be at the Inn and dinner and drinks are on me.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

As a matter of fact, it is not up to snuff and millions upon millions of people are in trouble. The computer systems in the U.S. are antiquated. Instead of appropriating money to build a bridge for a frog, idiotic Congress should have updated cyberspace. See you at the Inn. I'm treating tonight!


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

It is so disgusting to realize how vulnerable we are because of a lack of interest and complacency. If it were possible, I would banish everyone in Washington from the politicians to the workers. See you at the Inn.


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billybuc 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

I always enjoy your rants, Pop. I think we have just begun to see how the cyber world can bite us in the butt. It's only just begun...thank you, Carpenters....a brave new world is forming and we are ill-prepared as a nation, from the leaders down the common folk, for that new world.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good Morning billy,

I wish there weren't so much to rant about. It's time we, as a nation, got something right. Personally, I would love to kiss everyone in Washington good-bye. They came, they failed and now it's time for them to go. I can dream can't I? Say hello to the chickens for me.


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lambservant 17 months ago from Pacific Northwest

Not surprised but outraged!


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear lambservant,

Very little surprises me now as well. See you later at the Inn.


DJ Anderson 17 months ago

Morning, Pop,

Did you get an invite to the secret Whitehouse party this past week-end?

Everybody who was anybody was there. They say the Obamas paid for it out of their own pockets. Would love to see some proof of that. Hard to imagine the pres being able to relax enough to party the night away. I mean, with all the serious issues going on in this world, like global warming.

But, party he did, with his wife Michelle and 500 guests. Can't do anything about the state of affairs, so, might as well boogie down. My guess is that he will be vacationing and partying and playing golf for the remainder of his term. Oh, wait. That is what he has been doing for the last seven years.

Pop, thanks for the invite, but I am sick to my stomach with this obama

virus. The symptoms are; just don't give a shit and running off at the mouth. It leaves one weaken and in a state of disbelief as if one were walking down the slaughtering ramp with a herd of animals.

DJ.


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drbj 17 months ago from south Florida

Iran has increased their uranium stockpile by 20%; ISIS controls much of Syria and Iraq; and China now has sensitive information of federal workers (and I use the term, workers in jest).

So what does Obama do? He throws a big party at the WH. Why am I not surprised?


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Old Poolman 17 months ago from Rural Arizona

Perhaps the less Obama does the better off we are?


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear DJ,

OMG... I have that! I need to retire to my bedroom. Thanks for the diagnosis. I'll see you at the Inn tomorrow..


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear dr,

I am not in the least surprised. Michelle is heading off to Europe with her mother and her kids and for sure it is on our dime. Corruption and deceit reign supreme. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Even when the King does nothing, he is wasting our money and ruining our relationship with the world. I am at the Inn, Mike. Where are you?


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AliciaC 17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I hadn't heard about this news before I read your hub. The news is very, very scary. Thanks for sharing the information, breakfastpop.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good Morning Alicia,

I trust there is more bad news to come on this issue. We have the most unprotected and antiquated computer systems in the world. See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 17 months ago from Rural Arizona

Our computer systems are outdated yet we are paying billions to health insurance companies based only on estimates of how much we "probably" owe them. No real tracking of how much they really spent, how many claims were fradulent, and no documentation at all.

How did we ever manage to round up this many of the village idiots and put them all to work in Washington?


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I think we may be outnumbered. I read today about Chelsea Clinton's crooked father-in-law and friend of the Clintons. He ran this elaborate ponzi scheme and bilked people out of millions of dollars. He went to jail, but it out now so he can go to family dinners. By the way, sweet Chelsea was married at the Soros mansion. So, the fools want Clinton to run our nation. Even if she doesn't win, there will still be way too many losers around who will mourn her loss. As for our nation, with all these fools abounding it is no wonder our computers are vulnerable and the whole world is taking pot shots at all of us. I may leave for the Inn on the early side today. My nerves are frazzled!


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Old Poolman 17 months ago from Rural Arizona

Patti - I watched at least part of Donald Trumps announcement speech yesterday and found it interesting. If he could do even half of the things he promised he would be the one we need at least for one term.

We have had such weak leadership for so long it is going to take a very strong individual to pull us out of the hole. Many of those who want to run are just more of the same, and it would be business as usual in Washington.

Perhaps a fresh candidate who can really see what is taking place in the mess we call Congress could do some good. Some of those who are already in there are comfortable with all the back-room deals, corruption, sweetheart contracts, and all of the shady dealings that go on.

But then I also remember when Obama made his speech and promised us all sorts of things that sounded great, but none of which have come true.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I will say this, The Donald is one of a kind. He is an egotistical maniac, but he does know how to get things done. At the very least, he will liven things up. I am at the Inn, Mike.. where are you?


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WillStarr 17 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This is not exactly reassuring, because one of Obamacare's main requirements is total access to all of our personal medical records via a national database. Imagine the Chinese (or anyone else!) obtaining your most personal, private, and intimate medical information. As the liberals like to say, it's a personal decision between a patient and the doctor...and millions of Chinese.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good MorningWill,

To make matters worse, the Obamacare database keeps personal information forever. It is totally irresponsible for the government to keep personal information longer than necessary, but that is exactly what is happening. We are sitting ducks because of stupidity and short-sightedness. See you at the Inn.


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FitnezzJim 17 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

B-pop? Will’s last post got me to conjecturing. This situation seems ripe for speculation about the intentions of those who are committing the full set of hacks that are being reported. So …

What do we know? We know we are getting reports that the government employee database has been hacked. We have previous reports that insurance applications have been hacked (ObamaCare). We know additional insurance companies have been hacked. Strangely, in the recent set of hacks, we are not hearing reports of banks being hacked. Assuming these are coordinated in some way, what can these add up to?

What if the goal is to somehow target those who support national security? Would not the personnel information be enough? Would the additional and insurance hacks be needed? Do we know that these are independent and un-coordinated hacks?

What if Will is right, that our health records, diagnosis, test results, and treatments are now under the control of the hackers rather than doctors? Would those hacked now suddenly be diagnosed with incurable diseases, thus providing rational documentation for a near undetectable purge of government ‘workers’?

See how easy it is to make up conspiracy theories?


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WillStarr 17 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The problem with hackers getting such delicate personal medical information, FitnezzJim, is blackmail. Suppose the head of the CIA is a closet homosexual being treated for AIDS? Or suppose a female politician running for office had a secret abortion that her husband knows nothing about?

Someone with that sort of knowledge could blackmail and learn state secrets, or sway a vote.


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FitnezzJim 17 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Will?

One would hope that the embarrassment caused by disclosing such interesting tidbits of information would not override sense of integrity or public duty. However, we have to keep in mind we’re talking about politicians and government workers, so, yeah … I see your point.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

Yes, it is easy to concoct a conspiracy theory, however the hacking is real and the possibilities for mayhem are limitless. Shame on the U.S. for being so lax in such an important area. Both of my daughters have had many instances of their personal information being used to screw things up. My older daughter had a false tax return filed in her name! Will is right the possibilities for causing irreparable harm are limitless.


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MizBejabbers 17 months ago

Yeah, I think we have too many conspiracy theories running around. What value is it to know that a little old lady in Arkansas has high blood pressure? However, they can separate the wheat from the chaff by cherry picking public officials who have something to hide. Unfortunately right now there are too many of them. I think we should all adopt a policy of “I don’t care anything about the official except what kind of job he or she is doing in office.” We sweat the small stuff while the dragon proceeds to eat us.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good Morning MizBejabbers,

Hacking is not small time small stuff. It is possible to completely disrupt and destroy someone's life with a SSN and a computer. Our intelligence community has been compromised. Can a intelligence officer function when the enemy knows his or her identity and info? I think not.

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