Reports: NSA Chief Michael Rogers Declines to Attribute OPM Hack

Adm. Michael Rogers
Adm. Michael Rogers

Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, has declined to identify the perpetrator of the recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Colin Clark writes that Rogers refused to say at the GEOINT Symposium if the Chinese government is behind the hacking incidents, as reported in other news outlets.

According to the report, the NSA chief instead emphasized how he views the federal government needs to work with the private sector to adjust its cybersecurity tactics.

“Continually responding to individual incidents just isn’t going to work in the long run,” he said.

Patrick Tucker of Defense One reports that Rogers pointed to the attribution of the Sony hack last year to North Korea as a collaboration between NSA, FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

“[We] were able to relatively quickly come to consensus about the characterization of the activity we were seeing coming in, which formed the basis of our attribution, and with a relatively high confidence factor, which allowed us to respond in a very public and direct way,” Rogers said.

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