WASHINGTON (6/22/15)--Although the breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) security-clearance computer system was just recently announced, the actual infiltration occurred a year ago, according to a report from The Washington Post (June 18).
The back-to-back announcements of breaches--one of the personnel database and one of background-check system--suggest nearly 14 million records were compromised.
The security-clearance database breach was discovered earlier this month but dates back to June or July of last year, The Post reported. These systems hold information regarding background investigations of current, former and prospective federal government employees, and those for whom a federal background investigation was conducted.
The personnel database--which was hacked in December and discovered in April--contains Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information for current and former federal employees.