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US Office of Personal Management second hack affected 21.5 million people

2015-07-10 09:58 by


The massive hack of background check records at the Office of Personnel Management compromised the data of 21.5 million people — five times more than were affected by an initial breach, the agency announced Thursday.

The stolen information includes social security numbers, family information, health records, about 1.1 million fingerprints as well as findings that investigators obtained from interviews conducted with neighbors, friends and family members for background checks. Such information can be highly sensitive since it can include knowledge about the drug and criminal history of someone undergoing a background check as well as their sexual orientation and relationships.

"After today's announcement, I have no confidence that the current leadership at OPM is able to take on the enormous task of repairing our national security," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "Too much trust has been lost, and too much damage has been done. President Obama must take a strong stand against incompetence in his administration and instill new leadership at OPM."

According to security experts hackers "affiliated with the Chinese government" conducted the massive theft of personal information.

"Based on indicators we received from the U.S. government and our own analysis, I can confirm that the intruders were affiliated with the Chinese government," said Dmitri Alperovitch, the co-founder of cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike.

"Unfortunately, this incident is not without precedent," Michael Daniel, from the National Security Council said. "Cyber security threats are growing broader as we hook more and more stuff up to the Internet, and our adversaries are becoming more sophisticated and ... more dangerous."

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