OPM Breach: Update
You probably remember that in early June, the Obama administration and OPM announced that the OPM systems were breached in April, and that the information of around 4 million Federal Employees was compromised.
A Second Breach
Unfortunately, we now know about a second, more severe breach of the same systems that exposed the information of 19 million people who applied for security clearances and 2 million others, a total of 21 million people or more. The exposed information includes criminal, financial, and health backgrounds, as well as addresses, job histories, and family and acquaintance information (basically, anything that would be included in a security clearance application).
Is There any Good News?
The good news is that there’s no sign that whoever stole the information has actually used it for anything. But even though it’s not time to rush the bank for all your cash and go into hiding, it’s a good idea to take some precautions. For a list of ways to help keep your information safe, check out our article on the first OPM breach:
Remember, be cautious of any strange emails you get, and keep an eye on all your accounts. Keep your passwords private and change them often, and shred any legal documents or personal information you don’t need. If you suspect you may be a victim of fraud, you can call the three major credit agencies and get fraud alerts:
Try to stay alert, but don’t panic–with a little bit of caution and extra monitoring, it’s likely your accounts will be alright.