Information About the Recent OPM Cybersecurity Incident
Yesterday, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that the federal government was victim to a massive cyber-attack in April that has resulted in the potential compromising of personal and financial information of up to four million current and former federal employees.
Since the incident was identified, OPM has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the impact to Federal personnel.
Beginning June 8 and continuing through June 19, OPM will be sending notifications to approximately 4 million individuals whose Personally Identifiable Information was potentially compromised in this incident. The email will come from email@example.com and it will contain information regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services being provided to those Federal employees impacted by the data breach. In the event OPM does not have an email address for the individual on file, a standard letter will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service.
In order to mitigate the risk of fraud and identity theft, OPM is offering affected individuals credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance with CSID, a company that specializes in identity theft protection and fraud resolution. This comprehensive, 18-month membership includes credit report access, credit monitoring, identity theft insurance, and recovery services and is available immediately at no cost to affected individuals identified by OPM.
Additional information is available beginning at 8 a.m. CST on June 8, 2015 on the company’s website, www.csid.com/opm, and by calling toll-free 844-222-2743 (International callers: call collect 512-327-0700).