14 MILLION federal employees, past and present have had their data stolen by hackers during a MASSIVE security breach.
This number far exceeds the original estimate of 4 million workers.
Most concerning is that among the data stolen was “military records and veterans’ status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information; and age, gender and race data.”
This is beyond concerning and we need answers NOW.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees have had their personal information exposed to hackers, according to two people who were briefed on the investigation, a far higher figure than the 4 million the Obama administration initially disclosed.
American officials have said the cybertheft originated in China and that they suspect espionage by the Chinese government, which has denied any involvement.
The newer estimate puts the number of compromised records between 9 million and 14 million going back to the 1980s, said one congressional official and one former US official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because information disclosed in the confidential briefings includes classified details of the investigation.
There are about 2.6 million executive branch civilians, so the majority of the records exposed relate to former employees. Contractor information also has been stolen, officials said.
If the attack was indeed espionage, the personnel records would provide a foreign government an extraordinary roadmap to blackmail, impersonate or otherwise exploit federal employees in an effort to gain access to U.S. secrets -or entry into government computer networks.