UPDATE: Story has expanded, and Officials now saying all government agencies might have been compromised and said this is the biggest U.S. Government breach in U.S. History
The Office of Personnel Management released information today that Chinese Hackers are suspected in the massive cyber attack that is potentially compromising up to 4 million current and former U.S. Federal Government employees. Information is being released by the Office of Personnel management quickly but the worst part about getting information about the Chinese hackers is that in an hour the press is hungry for more.
There are 2.7 million federal executive branch employees, and details are not clear if this is affecting every single one of them or not.
This breach does not affect the military, legislative or judicial branches, according to reports.
CNN reported that The federal personnel office learned of the data breach after using a detection system called EINSTEIN to eventually unearth the information breach in April 2015, the Department of Homeland Security said. A month later, the federal agency learned sensitive data had been compromised.
“We take all potential threats to public and private sector systems seriously, and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,” the FBI said in a statement.
The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal first reported Thursday that Chinese hackers were responsible for the breach.
What does this mean to you?
This means that potentially 1% of the entire population of the United States was affected by this breach which can have really serious financial consequences. China could potentially have all of those employee social security numbers, dates of birth, and other sensitive information. The implications for identity theft are disastrous.
If China wanted to send spies to the United States, they now have millions of identities to assume, and one would only need to file the appropriate paperwork to get a passport, retrieve old birth certificates, considering the wealth of information they undoubtedly have.
If you know someone who has worked for the federal government, send them a link to this story. They need to be made aware so they can follow the story and learn more as the story develops.