By JEFFREY BROWNAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for changes to federal websites to ensure passwords and other sensitive data are not stolen.
In a statement to reporters, Obama said a recent attack on a federal website by hackers compromised a key piece of information that could have compromised millions of Americans.
“These attacks demonstrate how critical the nation’s critical infrastructure is and how the U.S. needs to work together to ensure our government’s vital functions can function,” the statement said.
The statement from the White House did not name the websites that were targeted, but it cited the cyberattacks on the Office of Personnel Management and the Federal Election Commission.
It said a new set of guidelines are being developed that would address the attacks.
The Obama administration has said the hacks could have been prevented had the sites been more secure.
A new federal website that requires users to enter a password for accessing it was hit by a hacking attack last month, but officials said they were able to fix it before the breach was discovered.
The White House statement said the new guidelines will provide for new measures to protect the sensitive information stored on federal websites.
A spokeswoman for the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which handles cybersecurity issues at the federal government, said the agency has not yet completed its review.