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OPM security breach hits Va Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Barbara Comstock 3By Lynn R. Mitchell

Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-10th) revealed Wednesday that her personal information had been compromised in the security hack, thought to be perpetrated by China, that affected the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

As noted by reporter Tal Kopan in Politico, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was also affected. Both had worked on the Hill before elected office.

Comstock, whose northern Virginia district includes a large number of federal employees, wrote a letter to the director of OPM that that all are justifiably alarmed. The White House, meanwhile, stood behind the OPM director amid calls for her removal.

Comstock’s letter:

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Attention America: You’ve been hacked by China

HackedBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A letter shows up in your mailbox from the U.S. government with notification that your personal information has been compromised after a huge hacking incident by a foreign government believed to be China. You’re confused because you’ve never been employed by the federal government. But you are included because you know someone who was a government employee and, in the process of acquiring a security clearance, they provided the names of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who now must look over their shoulders and wonder if they, too, will become victims. That would be you.

Think it couldn’t happen? It already has. As former State Department employee Matthew Palmer was quoted as saying in USA Today, “Who is in danger? I listed friends on those forms and my family members. ‚Ķ Are some hackers going to start going after them?”

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Va Museum of Fine Arts to showcase China’s ‘Forbidden City’ exhibit

Va Museum of Fine ArtsBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing will be on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) beginning October 18, 2014, and running through January 11, 2015. VMFA was chosen as the first art museum in America to enter into a collaborative project with the Palace Museum in Beijing China.

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25 years later … remembering the Tiananmen Square massacre

Chinese flagBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre. For those of us old enough to remember, the image of a lone pro-democracy protester defiantly standing up to Chinese Army tanks in Tiananmen Square is seared into our brains. PBS has an informative timeline of that event that led to the massacre of hundreds of Chinese citizens (see PBS timeline).

Photos from¬†Associated Press photographer Jeff Widener at The Daily Mail are a stark reminder of an event that was headline news in 1989 (see Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man’ photographer shares forgotten negatives from bloody government crackdown on 25th anniversary).

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