Hackers Steal 2.5 Million Social Security Numbers
If you’ve ever applied for a government job with clearances, your identity may have been compromised. Unidentified hackers have stolen the social security numbers, residency, and information about immediate families. Via MailOnline:
Hackers stole 21.5 million social security numbers in an extraordinary data breach, the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has revealed.
The files, accessed in May, included those of 19.7 million individuals who had applied for security clearances to qualify for a job with the government. Another 1.8 million belonged to non-applicants, such as applicants’ spouses or partners.
At least 1.1 million of the stolen records included fingerprints, the OPM said in a news release.
Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator at the National Security Council, said he was ‘not really prepared to comment’ on whether China was responsible for the hack.
The incident comes after a ‘separate, but related’ incident in April, when files of 4.2 million current and former federal workers were stolen.
According to OPM, both breaches were discovered as the agency conducted a forensics investigation into the way federal data is managed.
The government will now be forced to provide three years of support from a private firm specializing in data breaches for all 21.5 million victims to monitor their children, credit files and identity.
Stolen records include identification details such as Social Security Numbers; residency and educational history; employment history; information about immediate family and other personal and business acquaintances; health, criminal and financial history; and more.
SMH! They aren’t comfortable talking about whether or not it’s China’s fault? Sounds like it’s DEFINITELY China’s fault…