The Obama administration was scrambling Friday to contain the damage from a massive cyber-breach which may have put the entire federal workforce at risk, as officials began to point the finger at China-based hackers.
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The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement confirming the breach, saying that it had concluded at the beginning of May that data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Interior Department had been compromised.
OPM serves as the human resources department for the federal government. The agency said it was reaching out to roughly 4 million individuals who could have been “compromised,” while acknowledging more could be affected. An investigation involving the FBI and a DHS team is underway to determine the “full impact” to federal workers.
Meanwhile, OPM was planning to hold a conference call with officials across the government on the breach Friday.
As for the millions already flagged as potentially affected, the government is offering them credit report access, as well as credit monitoring and identity theft insurance.
“Protecting our Federal employee data from malicious cyber incidents is of the highest priority at OPM,” OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a statement.
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