Cybersecurity

4 million feds exposed in massive OPM breach

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A massive breach has exposed the personal information of as many as 4 million federal employees.

The Associated Press published its story of a large-scale breach of federal personnel data just after 5 p.m. on June 4, saying the Obama administration had been mulling a public announcement later in the evening or Friday morning.

The Office of Personnel Management issued a press release minutes after the AP report, saying the personally identifying information of as many as 4 million individuals had been potentially exposed in a breach.

The Wall Street Journal reported that American officials suspect China’s involvement in the hack, and the Washington Post reported that OPM officials discovered the intrusion in April. 

Unnamed federal officials told the Associated Press that OPM and the Interior Department were hacked, and OPM has promised credit monitoring for the affected individuals.

The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents some 150,000 employees across 31 different agencies, said that NTEU officials were briefed by OPM on June 4, and that "it is vital to know as soon as possible the extent [of the breach] so that affected employees can be notified promptly and encouraged to take all possible steps to protect themselves." 

About the Author

Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.

Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.

Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.

Click here for previous articles by Noble, or connect with him on Twitter: @thezachnoble.


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