Last night’s national news alerted us to the data breach that occurred at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in April of this year. Reportedly current and former federal employees personal information may have been compromised. OPM handles all aspects of a federal civilians career and federal civilian employees of many agencies are likely affected. OPM stated in their announcement that beginning 8 June and continuing through June 19, they would be sending notifications to approximately 4 million individuals whose personally identifiable information was potentially compromised. “The email will come from opmcio@
.com and it will contain information regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services being provided for 18 months (at no cost to the employee) to those Federal employees impacted by the data breach.” Visit our identity theft page for steps to take to protect yourself: https://ellsworthafrc.org/programs/finances/idtheft/
Below is the full announcement from the OPM: Source: http://www.opm.gov/news/latest-news/announcements/
Information About the Recent Cybersecurity Incident
June 4, 2015
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have compromised the personal information of current and former Federal employees. Within the last year, OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous tools and capabilities to its networks. As a result, in April 2015, OPM became aware of the incident affecting its information technology (IT) systems and data that predated the adoption of these security controls. 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. And OPM immediately implemented additional security measures to protect the sensitive information it manages. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, csid.com/opm, and by calling toll-free 844-222-2743 (International callers: call collect 512-327-0700).
Steps for Monitoring Your Identity and Financial Information
- Monitor financial account statements and immediately report any suspicious or unusual activity to financial institutions.
- Request a free credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Consumers are entitled by law to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus – Equifax®, Experian®, and TransUnion® – for a total of three reports every year. Contact information for the credit bureaus can be found on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, ftc.gov.
- Review resources provided on the FTC identity theft website, identitytheft.gov. The FTC maintains a variety of consumer publications providing comprehensive information on computer intrusions and identity theft.
- You may place a fraud alert on your credit file to let creditors know to contact you before opening a new account in your name. Simply call TransUnion® at 1-800-680-7289 to place this alert. TransUnion® will then notify the other two credit bureaus on your behalf.