Recent travels have set me slightly behind on interacting with the amazing ‘REP readership, so my hope is to open back up with this humdinger of what amounts to an obviously staggering risk to U.S. national security and the primary shareholders/keepers of this realm. I’m stepping outside my lane here, but had to offer some commentary when I read about the second major breach of sensitive information by Chinese hackers.

As many have no doubt read by now, and as Jack Murphy wrote earlier this week, the breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) servers announced last week is growing extensively larger, with more information regarding a second security breach being reported as well. This does not bode well for OPM, the clearance holders, or anyone associated with a member whose information was compromised. It remains to be seen what the second- and third-order effects of these breaches will bring.

According to recent reporting from the Associated Press, a second hack, also linked to China, resulted in (hackers) gaining “access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances…which dramatically compounds the potential damage” from the initial-reported cyberattack earlier last week.

For those not familiar with the security clearance investigation process, OPM conducts “approximately 90 percent of background investigations for the federal government,” and was also the entity cited last week as the victim of a cyberattack that allegedly went undetected for over a year.