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After Hack, Officials Pull Plug on Pentagon and OPM Background Check Systems // Aliya Sternstein

A Defense Department Web system that tracks employee background investigations will be offline for an unspecified amount of time, while officials fix security holes in a civilian agency database that is connected to the tool, according to department officials.

A vulnerability in an Office of Personnel Management tool that links to the Pentagon’s “Joint Personnel Adjudication System” was discovered during a probe into one of the worst known hacks to hit the U.S. government.

On Monday, officials announced that OPM’s e-QIP system, the online tool used for submitting background check forms, would be taken offline for four to six weeks, during security improvements.

As of 3:30 p.m. the military’s site stated, “Due to current maintenance with e-QIP, the corresponding JPAS interfaces are not currently functioning.  As a result, users will not be able to submit investigations using JPAS.”

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How to Secure WordPress in 10 Steps – Nextgov.com

Wordpress_circleThe mitigations needed to secure a WordPress system and fortify it from attacks are many.

Many federal agencies use WordPress.  Sites.USA.gov is built on WordPress.  The article linked to below provides a great list of what you need to do to secure your WordPress site.

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NextGov: THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE WAS ENTRY POINT FOR BACKGROUND-CHECK SYSTEM HACK

USIS hacked to open personal records on federal employees and contractors with access to classified intelligence

Hackers broke into third-party software in 2013 to open personal records on federal employees and contractors with access to classified intelligence, according to the government’s largest private employee investigation provider.

That software apparently was an SAP enterprise resource planning application. It’s unclear if there was a fix available for the program flaw at the time of the attack. It’s also not clear whether SAP—which was responsible for maintaining the application—or USIS would have been responsible for patching the flaw.

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