Agency watchdog says stolen data could have been encrypted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The independent watchdog for the federal personnel agency that recently suffered one of the worst cyberbreaches in U.S. history says the data could have been encrypted to make it harder to steal.

Patrick McFarland, inspector general for the Office of Personnel Management, directly challenges the agency director in written testimony to be delivered Wednesday to a House oversight committee.

The director, Katherine Archuleta, told the committee last week that many of the agency’s systems were too old to support encryption, a way of putting data in code.

But McFarland testifies that some of the systems involved in the data breach were modern, so encryption could have been used.

Agency watchdog says stolen data could have been encrypted