If you know someone who works for the federal government or used to, send them the link to this article immediately.
Sources at the Office of Personnel Management claims that the hack that was reported last week was even larger than anyone imagined.
According to a federal worker union, hackers gained access to Social Security Numbers of
- All current federal employees
- All federal retired employees
- 1 million former federal employees
According to a letter given to the Associated Press, the hackers also got access to military records, veterans status information, addresses, birth dates, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance, pension information, age, gender and race data.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the hackers were inside for more than a year before a sales demo by a tech firm found the malware. Basically it was only discovered by blind luck. I hope that company ended up getting whatever contract they were trying to get.
To think that the largest breach in the history of the U.S. Government was discovered by sheer luck does not give me a lot of faith in our system.
I will be detailing various steps in a post tomorrow regarding things that can be done to protect yourself.