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Breach Exposes 4 Million Federal Employees' Personal Info

Attackers hit U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Department of the Interior.

The personal information of 4 million U.S. federal employees were compromised in a breach affecting the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Department of the Interior, according to a statement issued this evening by the Department of Homeland Security. The breach might affect every government agency.

U.S. officials suspect China-based hackers are to blame, but investigations are ongoing.

The Office of Personnel Management is the human resources department for the federal government, and conducts most of the background checks for these workers. 

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6/7/2015 | 3:09:12 PM
The industry is waiting for the US government.....
Well, it seems that the breach happened some time ago. The industry is waiting for the US government to stand behind its declarations regarding the importance of public-private sector information-sharing...Just imagine a world where 'good guys' will be capable  to  discover more quickly and in a trustworthy environment that something bad is happening....


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