Penetrate letter steals 21.5 million people of the US Department of Personnel Data




It revealed the United States Office of Personnel Management Thursday that hackers stole sensitive data – including Social Security numbers – for about 21.5 million people who have undergone background checks after the submission of requests for security clearances since 2000.

The Office of Personnel Management that among those who have been exposed to data theft 19.7 million people who had applied for security permits, in addition to the 1.8 million of non-applicants, mostly couples or colleagues in static for those applicants.

Office explained that the 21.5 million people who have been affected in this data-mail attack added to the data about 4.2 million federal workers current and former had been stolen in a separate incident, irrelevant, there is considerable overlap between the two groups.

The United States has directed the finger primarily to China as the most prominent of the accused in this incident massive piracy. For its part, the Chinese Foreign Ministry rejected the accusation, describing it as “absurd logic”.

The Office of Personnel Management said in a statement that the investigation did not reach any information “at this time” refers to any misuse or continue to disseminate information stolen from its systems.

The records included investigations stolen some information about mental health and financial history submitted by applicants for permits, security and others who have continued with them during their inquiries.

The Office of Personnel Management that it is very likely that anyone subjected to investigation after the year 2000 have been affected by the breach-mail, the government agency added that the data were subjected to background checks prior to that date may be damaged, but the likelihood that remains less.

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