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9/23/2015
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OPM Finds Another 4 Million Fingerprints Stolen In Hack

Fallout from the data breach at the Office of Personnel Management continues to swell.

The US Office of Personnel Management's original count of 1.1 million people's fingerprints exposed in the massive data breach was way off: the agency today said it has since discovered in its investigation that a total of 5.6 million users' fingerprints were breached.

Even so, the total number of people affected by the breach remains the same, 21.5 million current and former federal employees and contractors as well as job candidates, the agency said today.

OPM maintains that "the ability to misuse fingerprint data is limited" but "this probability could change over time as technology evolves," according to a report by The Hill.

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9/24/2015 | 11:58:58 AM
Thursday 09Jul2015, OPM posted a news release
          On Thursday 09Jul2015, OPM posted a news release: "OPM Announces Steps to Protect Federal Workers and Others From Cyber Threats".  One of the paragraphs in Director Archuleta release states that fewer than 1.8 million of the 19.7 million applicants had or have a spouse or co-habitant.  To put it another way, over 91% or 17.9 million of the applicants were single (not married or co-habitating) during the past 15 years (2000 to 2015).  What a lonely life most of these people lead. 

 

https://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2015/07/opm-announces-steps-to-protect-federal-workers-and-others-from-cyber-threats/

"...Analysis of background investigation incident.  Since learning of the incident affecting background investigation records, OPM and the interagency incident response team have moved swiftly and thoroughly to assess the breach, analyze what data may have been stolen, and identify those individuals who may be affected.  The team has now concluded with high confidence that sensitive information, including the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of 21.5 million individuals, was stolen from the background investigation databases.  This includes 19.7 million individuals that applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million non-applicants, predominantly spouses or co-habitants of applicants.  As noted above, some records also include findings from interviews conducted by background investigators and approximately 1.1 million include fingerprints.  There is no information at this time to suggest any misuse or further dissemination of the information that was stolen from OPM's systems..."

           Note of personal bias:  My information is in that pot, but I have a spouse, as do most of my co-workers. 

 Where do all of these lonely people live? 

 
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