Saturday, June 20, 2015

U.S Still Unsure How Many Hacked: Data Could Go Back 30 Years

Investigators are still trying to figure out how many federal employees are victims of two major hack attacks that compromised records at the Office of Personnel Management, the agency's director told a House panel Tuesday.
Director Katherine Archuleta said 4.2 million federal workers will be notified by June 19 that their personnel records have been compromised.
Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight 
and Government Reform Committee.
(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)
She also said a separate data breach of OPM may have compromised highly sensitive records of an untold number of current, former and prospective employees who underwent background checks to obtain security clearances.
Those clearances are needed for many jobs in the Defense Department, FBI, CIA, and other intelligence-gathering agencies. To get those clearances, applicants must fill out 127-page forms that detail their mental health history, criminal records, drug and alcohol use, and financial data.
OPM's Director Katherine Archuleta
"While we have not yet determined its scope and impact, we are committed to notifying those individuals whose information may have been compromised as soon as practicable," Archuleta told angry members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Some news reports have estimated that as many as 14 million federal employees may have been victimized in the attacks, but Archuleta could only say that the number could be more than the 4.2 million workers currently being notified about the breach.
OPM's Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour
OPM's Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour said the breach of the background-investigation records included Social Security numbers and goes back to the beginning of an employee's federal career. When questioned, she said that data could go back as long as 30 years.
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