Last month, the Obama administration publicly revealed that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s secure database was breached by hackers, believed to be of Chinese origin, and they obtained data belonging to 4.2 million people.
Well, today the OPM sent out a press release saying that it turns out that sensitive information connected to roughly 21.5 million people was breached and stolen.
They go into some detail:
This includes 19.7 million individuals that applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million non-applicants, predominantly spouses or co-habitants of applicants. As noted above, some records also include findings from interviews conducted by background investigators and approximately 1.1 million include fingerprints. There is no information at this time to suggest any misuse or further dissemination of the information that was stolen from OPM’s systems.
If an individual underwent a background investigation through OPM in 2000 or afterwards (which occurs through the submission of forms SF 86, SF 85, or SF 85P for a new investigation or periodic reinvestigation), it is highly likely that the individual is impacted by this cyber breach. If an individual underwent a background investigation prior to 2000, that individual still may be impacted, but it is less likely.
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