The OPM “hack” and related matters

As government officials answered questions about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach, former and current congressional staffers processed the notices they are receiving from the agency that they, too, were affected by the breach. A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project “was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People’s Republic of China].

Public service announcement

Are you a concerned parent wondering where you can buy toys that aren’t made in China, and are guaranteed not to be tainted with lead? Buy LEGO. It’s all still made in a factory in Denmark, not China. It will expand your child’s mind, not damage it. If your child is too young for regular LEGO, there’s Duplo. For an older child, there are LEGO railways and LEGO Technik. Also not made in China: Playmobil.

Bunch of Yahoos

In April 2004, a Communist Party official told Chinese journalist Shi Tao how to report the upcoming 15th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre. Shi Tao took notes at the meeting, wrote up what he had been told to write, and e-mailed a copy to a pro-democracy web site in New York. Unfortunately, Shi Tao used Yahoo web mail to send his e-mail. When the Chinese government approached Yahoo and asked them to reveal the personal information of the person who had signed up for the account, they gladly did so.