White House Blames Congress After Federal Employee Computer System Hacked

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files
REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

After news of a cyber-security breach of government data was reported, the Obama administration blamed Congress for failing to pass additional spending legislation for necessary protections.

According to reports, the Office Of Personnel Management was hacked, endangering personal data from four million current and former federal employees.

During the White House press briefing today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended Obama’s record on promoting cyber security in recent months, but added that “we haven’t seen Congress do a single thing” on legislation proposed by Obama.

“The fact is, we need the United States Congress to come out of the Dark Ages, and actually join us in the 21st century to try and make sure that we have the kinds of defenses that are necessary to protect a modern computer system,” he said.

Earnest also warned reporters that the news media are also vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks, encouraging them to report about the threat.

Spokesperson for Speaker John Boehner Cory Fritz called the attempt by the White House “absurd,” noting that the House of Representatives had already passed two cybersecurity measures that Obama supported.

“Where is the leadership? The federal government has just been hit by one of the largest thefts of sensitive data in history, and this White House is trying blame anyone but itself. It’s absolutely disgusting,” Fritz said in an email to Breitbart News.