At first, it was 4 million. That number soon quadrupled to 16 million and now it's reported that over 18 million people could be victims. I'm talking about the huge number of people who are at risk in the latest cybersecurity breach from the United States Office of Personnel Management. Now, government officials are saying that even people who simply applied for government positions but didn't get the job are at risk. And the number of people affected is expected to grow even more.
Important: Are you or someone you care about a potential victim? At this point, we must assume anyone who has ever worked for the Federal government as an employee or a contractor, plus everyone who has applied for a Federal position could be affected. Further down in this article I'll tell you what you should be doing now to protect your security.
The hackers rummaged around in Federal data systems undetected for a year before U.S. security teams, assigned to strengthen online security protocols, figured out that systems were hijacked. Though this huge breach was discovered in April, there has been little information about where it came from and who's responsible.
Government officials have hinted at the Chinese being responsible but there's been no formal accusation. The Chinese government has repeatedly denied its involvement in the whole ordeal. The matter is expected to be discussed further today when Obama and several Chinese officials meet.