Friday, July 10, 2015

Hackers Stole U.S. Data on More Than 20 Million People - Bloomberg Business

Also see Hacking of Government Computers Exposed 21.5 Million People (NYT), which notes "The breaches constitute what is apparently the largest cyberattack into the systems of the United States government, providing a frightening glimpse of the technological vulnerabilities of federal agencies that handle sensitive information" and, predictably, on new calls for better controls, "But that effort comes after almost two decades of warnings from government auditors and other internal investigations into the vulnerabilities in federal agency networks."
"The new numbers vastly expand the publicly disclosed scope of the hack, which targeted federal government employees and contractors.
“If an individual underwent a background investigation through OPM in 2000 or afterwards,” OPM said in a release Thursday, “it is highly likely that the individual is impacted by this cyber breach.”
OPM said the types of information compromised includes “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 other details.”"
Hackers Stole U.S. Data on More Than 20 Million People - Bloomberg Business
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