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Last month at a congressional hearing the U.S. Office of Personnel Management -- the agency that manages U.S. government personnel records -- admitted as many as 21 million people were affected in the massive cyber-attack.
Bloomberg reports Donna Seymour, OPM’s chief information officer, testified that hackers stole “manuals about the way we do business,” including data about the agency’s servers, in a March 2014 hacking attack, one of two breaches agency officials believe were conducted.
According to OPM.gov, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), OPM, and the FBI are working to determine the total number of people affected and OPM has already started notifying individuals whose information may have been compromised.
For those individuals potentially affected by the incident (e.g. current, former and prospective federal employees, contractors, possibly those with security clearances, etc.), OPM is offering credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance in order to mitigate the risk of fraud and identity theft with CSID, a company that specializes in identity theft protection and fraud resolution.
This comprehensive, 18-month membership includes credit report access, credit monitoring, identity theft insurance, and recovery services and is available immediately at no cost to affected individuals identified by OPM.
Additional information is available on the CSID's website and by calling toll-free 844-777-2743 (International callers: call collect 512-327-0705).
OPM has established an online cybersecurity incident resource center at https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity to offer information regarding materials, training, and useful information on best cyber practices.
OPM also provides the following suggestions:
Identity Theft Clearinghouse
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
www.identitytheft.gov (external link)
Update 10-Jul-2015: Cyber-attack compromised 21 million personnel records ~ According to bnd.com more than 21 million Social Security numbers, 1.1 million fingerprint records and 19.7 million forms with data like someone’s mental-health history, references, etc. OPM said Thursday that hackers likely stole every single background-investigation form completed by OPM since 2000—and it’s possible that forms filled out before that year were stolen as well. Chinese hackers are the leading suspects in the cyber-attacks, according to James Clapper, the national intelligence director.
Update 23-Sep-2015: OPM says 5.6 million fingerprints stolen in cyberattack, five times as many as previously thought. As fingerprints increasingly replace passwords as a day-to-day security measure for unlocking your iPhone or even your home, security experts have grown concerned about how hackers might leverage them. ... OPM says it is still in the process of notifying everyone caught up in the breach. (It's been 2 months already and not everyone has been notified?!?!? Geez) .. full story on WaPo