Twenty-two million Americans have had their personal information stolen by hackers — about 7 percent of the country's entire population — but cable and network television in the United States just doesn't seem to care, according to data compiled by TV Eyes.
Instead, television news used last week to focus on the ongoing debate surrounding the Confederate battle flag, reality TV star Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and reports that comedian Bill Cosby had purchased Quaaludes in the 1970s with the intent of using them to drug and rape women.
It makes sense that television in the United States would eventually be drawn to news dealing with celebrities, or issues dealing with race such as the Confederate flag. But a review of TV Eyes shows that the OPM hack has never interested news stations — not even after the federal agency revealed this week that the size and scope of the unprecedented data breach is much more serious than originally reported.
A month ago, OPM said just 4.2 million people were affected in a hack that an unnamed official pinned on China, raising the possibility that the personal data of millions might be in the hands of the Chinese government. Just a few days ago, OPM grudgingly admitted that the total number was five times higher, 22.1 million.
That means if all the hack victims had their own U.S. state, it would be the third largest in the country, behind just California and Texas.
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But the networks didn't care much, giving the hack around 1,000 mentions in the last week, compared to many multiples of that for Cosby, Trump and the Confederate flag.
Officials believe the unprecedented data breach is so extensive that it affects not only past, present and prospective government employees, but also their families and loved ones. And it's not as if hackers merely lifted phone numbers.
Victims of the breach are believed to have had their street addresses, Social Security numbers, health records and much more compromised. The situation is so bad that OPM Director Katherine Archuleta tendered her resignation Friday, a move that comes weeks after lawmakers had called for her step down in response to the disastrous breach.