On Thursday, a government union worker released a statement explaining that hackers now have personal data on every federal employee. The worker also claimed that the cyberattack on the U.S. government employee database is much worse than has been admitted by the Obama Administration.
When the database at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked in December, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) told the Senate that the cyberattack was launched by, “the Chinese.” Reid is one of eight legislatures who are given the most secret intelligence briefings. Though, U.S. government officials have yet to publicly blame China, which has denied any involvement in the incident.
In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, president of the American Federal of Government Employees, J. David Cox, wrote to Katherine Archuleta, director of OPM, and explained that that hackers were able to steal military records, social security numbers, insurance data, home addresses, and personal identification information.
Currently, the union is backing up its assessment of the cyberattack on information from OPM. The letter also stated, “We believe that Social Security numbers were not encrypted, a cybersecurity failure that is absolutely indefensible and outrageous.”
By Alex Lemieux
NBC 12 Richmond: Union: Hackers have personnel data on every federal employee
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