Federal Union Says OPM Breach Hit Every Federal Employee

On June 4, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) reported that in April it became aware of a cybersecurity incident that affected its systems and data and was thought to have compromised the personal information of 4 million current and former federal workers.

As it turns out, itEUs much worse than that, according to the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). The group, in fact, said hackers most likely have all the personal information of every federal employee, including Social Security number, military records and veteran status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information; age, gender, race, union status, and more.

EUBased on the sketchy information OPM has provided, we believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees,EU said AFGE President J. David Cox in a June 11 letter to Katherine Archuleta, the OPM Director.

What OPM Is Doing

Since the incident was identified, OPM said it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Cyber Incident Response Team, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the impact of the breach on current and former to federal personnel. OPM said immediately implemented additional security measures and will continue to improve the security for the sensitive information it manages. The FBI has opened an investigation to identify and hold accountable the person(s) responsible for this incident, according to the OPM.

In his letter to Archuleta, Cox said since the breach, OPM has not shared much information with his organization, citing the ongoing investigation. Cox said his group believed that the Social Security numbers of the employees were not encrypted, calling it a "cyber...

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