SC Magazine: US’ OPM launches site for victims to check if personal information stolen

December 4, 2015 — Ryan Wilk, NuData Security Vice President of Customer Success, comments on this SC Magazine article on the importance of organizations proactively looking at multi layered systems for data protection.

The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – effectively the US civil service personnel organisation – launched a website for potential victims to check whether their personal information was stolen as part of the massive hack in June. The personal information of 21.5 million and at least 5.6 million fingerprints were stolen as a result of the attack.

OPM has struggled with long delays notifying victims whose information was compromised. The website, hosted by the Defence Department, will allow government employees to verify if their information was compromised.

Following complaints of the protracted delays, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded US $1.8 million (£1.2 million) last month to tech firm Advanced Onion to help with notification. As of November, only a quarter of victims had been notified.

To see the full article at SC Magazine click here.