Compared to the huge hack last year of the US gov, this doesn't seem very significant.
My Twitter feed's blowing up! My dad's calling about it because even the New York Times is writing about it. The FBI, the US Dept of Homeland Security and the Dept of Justice all got hacked over the weekend? What the hell, man? Uh-huh. On Sunday, a mystery hacker claimed to have details on more than 29,000 employees of the …
The problem could explode if it turns out they didn't even detect the failure...
And that has been known to happen before. As I recall at the beginning of the OPM fiasco it was only some 5000 identities taken, but nothing sensitive... Then 100,000 ... and finally 5 million+ with all privacy information taken.
Same beginning.. Downplayed issue...
If it's just data from one person's e-mail account, chances are half of it is internal stuff like holiday schedules and memos on how to order office supplies, and the other half are attached holiday snaps and lolcats. OTOH a staggering number of people use their e-mail as personal storage system, so there just might be the odd really interesting document in there. Depends un whose account was compromised - someone who handles sensitive stuff on a daily basis or the guy who spends most of his time organising the softball team.
Right now this feels pretty much like https://xkcd.com/932/
So far (past Noon on 9 February) it appear the information is comparable to what I, as a federal government employee, was told any member of the public could request, and obtain. Agencies were authorized to charge a fee approximating the actual cost of duplicating and providing the data, and the data did not include email address or telephone number, but it did include GS pay level.
Unless there is a good deal more to this, it really does not amount to much.
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