Posted 06/05/2015 at 9:12 AM
Posted 2 years ago
A significant and troubling attack by hackers on a government agency’s servers has affected the sensitive data of millions of former and current federal employees.
Reports on Thursday stated that the Office of Personnel Management was hit with a cyberattack that seemed to have its origins in China, according to law enforcement officials that are investigating the matter.
The attack affected the personal data of close to 4 million employees both currently working within the government and those no longer doing so.
OPM began to suspect malicious activities as early as April on their servers.
In May, the Department of Homeland Security stepped in to explore the situation and concluded that the information systems of OPM had indeed been tampered with.
This was following another previously disclosed attack on OPM and other agencies such as State Department and the White House.
The attack affected OPM’s IT systems and those information databases it kept on the Department of The Interior’s servers.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stepped in to get to the bottom of the breach.
While government officials have not gone on record to say that China is directly responsible, they have chastised the country for rampant cyberattack threats in addition to spying and theft.
China, for its part, adamantly denies any wrongdoing.
All of the affected parties are currently being contacted by OPM, who plans to offer identity theft assistance to all involved.