The May 2017 ransom ware attacks could have been encouraged by the last law passed by the Obama administration: HR Talent Act of 2017
The ransom ware attack that hit The United Kingdom and many vulnerable institutions in Europe has been a mystery. Even someone companies in the United States such as Fed Ex were hit with this ransom ware attack. Although the news media pointed fingers to a North Korean Crime ring that in our opinion is false. There is no crime ring in North Korea; the mafia, the army and the government begin and end with Kim Jong Un.
Well, if it was not the doing of a wack job regime, who was it? We feel signs points to an American policy gone wrong. Many news organizations agree that this was an NSA leak. When it was leaked it fell in to the wrongs hands. The opportunity for a leak could very well have been from the last law enacted by the Obama administration. That law is HR: Talent Act of 2017.
So what is the HR: Talent Act of 2017? In short, this bill was a recruitment frenzy of tech workers in the private sector. This includes software engineers, designers and many other roles. The aim is to keep these tech workers in the public sector of government for 12 months; afterwards they are free to do whatever they want. Well what is the problem? If you are retaining private sector workers in tech for a short period of time you will have to recruit a large amount. You can imagine a background check was minimal. You can also assume that many temporary private sector workers now have access to classified information.
When you really put it all together, you can see how the attainment and leakage of classified information can become a revolving door. Hence, this can make corruption and leaks a dime a dozen.
It was a good idea for the American government to retain their best and brightest in the private tech sector. Many tech specialists are not thinking about public life and the government does need to keep up with the times, for this reason I understand the bipartisan support for this law.
On the contrary, it may not have been the intention of the government to create revolving doors for leaks. However, it may have been this law that created the breeding grounds for the leaks of government technical information such as what is found in the National Security Agency (NSA). We can assume that HR: Talent Act of 2017 was also utilized for placing individuals in the National Security Agency, where the leaks for the latest ransom ware attack took place.
The next time the United States government wants to retain technical talent from the private sector, they should be paid handsomely and retained for three years at least. Why wouldn’t an enemy spy or a lone cock gobbler get paid by the U.S.A. for 12 months and then take the classified information to sell after the year is up? Of course they would! But did they? It is worth thinking about.
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