Written by Steve Cannon for USSA News.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced on Monday that her personal cell phone had been hacked and used to make hoax calls. She blamed the recent mishandling of personal information by the January 6th select committee for the breach and is calling on Attorney General Corrupt Merrick Garland as well as several congressional committees to investigate the leak of not just her cell phone number, but also her family’s personal information like Social Security numbers.
This news comes after the January 6th panel “inadvertently” leaked out the social security numbers of almost 2,000 Republican officials and their family members, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. The information was released as part of a spreadsheet in the committee’s final report on the riot, and the January 6th committee failed to redact the sensitive information before it was made public.
“Callous mishandling of personal information has real world consequences,” Governor Noem said of the hack. “If you get such a phone call from my number, know that I had no involvement.”
The incident raises serious concerns about the safety and security of personal information, and the potential consequences of mishandling sensitive information. It also highlights the need for proper oversight and accountability when handling private information, especially in the context of high-profile investigations.
The release of the sensitive information has not only put the affected individuals and their families at risk of identity theft, but also undermines public trust in the government’s ability to handle sensitive information.
Noem’s call for investigation is vital in order to determine how the leak happened and to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. It is also important for the individuals whose private information were exposed to seek legal and financial protection to mitigate the risks of identity theft.