UPDATE 6:15 PM ET: Fox reporting it could be at least 4 MILLION personnel records!!
The Office of Personnel Management was hit by a massive data breach that could have compromised the personal data of at least 4 million current and former federal employees, the Obama administration confirmed Thursday.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said in a statement that in April it detected a “cyber-intrusion” that compromised its systems, and that it was sending notifications to approximately 4 million individuals whose personally identifiable information (PII) may have been accessed.
However, the agency that acts as the human resources department for the federal government and conducts more than 90 percent of federal background checks acknowledged that more individuals could have been affected.
“Since the investigation is on-going, additional PII exposures may come to light; in that case, OPM will conduct additional notifications as necessary,” the agency said in a statement.
FULL FOX NEWS STORY HERE
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is scrambling to assess the impact of a massive data breach involving the agency that handles security clearances and employee records, U.S. officials said Thursday.
A congressional aide familiar with the situation, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to discuss it, said the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department were hacked. A second U.S. official who also declined to be identified said the data breach could potentially affect every federal agency.
The White House was considering a public announcement of the breach Thursday night or Friday morning, the second official said.
The Office of Personnel Management is the human resources department for the federal government, and issues security clearances.
In November, a former Department of Homeland Security official disclosed another cyberbreach that compromised the private files of more than 25,000 DHS workers and thousands of other federal employees.
The OPM conducts more than 90 percent of federal background investigations, according to its website.
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