GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina reacted to the cyber-security hack Friday by saying, “Our Federal government is increasingly inept.”
After news of a cyber-security breach at the Office of Personnel Management, BretbartNews reported, “The Obama administration blamed Congress for failing to pass additional spending legislation for necessary protections.”
The hack allegedly puts in danger information from roughly four million federal government employees who are working or formerly worked for the feds.
House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesperson said the White House’s statement was “absurd.”
Fiorina posted her reaction on Facebook with the following statement:
The latest data breach, executed from China and exposing millions of American citizens’ personal information, illustrates two fundamental truths which will confront the next President of the United States. First, China is rapidly evolving from a sometime partner, sometime competitor, into an adversary. We need a different strategy to confront Chinese behavior – whether in the South China Sea or in cyberspace – which leverages both our military capability and our considerable influence over Chinese economic growth. Second, our Federal government is increasingly inept. We need a President in the Oval Office who both understands the effective use of the power of technology as well as the necessity to fundamentally transform a vast, bloated federal bureaucracy.
Fiorina added, “We need a leader who will challenge the status quo in Washington and confront our adversaries abroad.”
Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) also issued a statement on the data breach in which federal employee data was compromised in a cyber attack allegedly carried out by Chinese hackers.
“How many more data breaches will we have to suffer through before confronting this issue? Rogue nations and other bad actors attack our systems in the government and private sector relentlessly,” Blackburn said. She continued:
FBI Director James Comey has even said: ‘There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who’ve been hacked by the Chinese, and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked by the Chinese.’ Cyberspace will be the battlefield of the 21st Century and it is not a war we can afford to lose. We must develop offensive and defensive capabilities to protect our data. The American people deserve to know that their personal information is safe and secure. This is exactly why I’ve been working with my colleagues in Congress on solutions to protect against attacks from cyber terrorists.
Officials are currently investigating the extent of the information gained by the hackers.