On June 4, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management’s Chief Information Officer disclosed a data breach affecting over 4 million individuals. The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI is investigating Chinese hackers for what may be “one of the largest thefts of government data ever seen.” The Office of Personnel Management, in a statement, said it detected the breach in April and is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. The OPM said it “could discover that even more records were stolen. It couldn’t be learned how many of those individuals are government officials and how many might be contractors.” In an email to employees, the OPM disclosed that in “April 2015, we became aware of a cyber-intrusion affecting our information technology (IT) systems and data that predated predated [sic] the adoption of the tougher security controls. After the malicious activity was discovered, OPM immediately implemented additional security measures and will continue to add protections for the sensitive information we manage.” Further, the OPM stated that it will offer affected individuals 18 months of credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance through CSID. This package includes credit monitoring and $1 million in identity theft protection services and is available at no cost to affected individuals identified by OPM.
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