First it was 4 million. Then it was 8, 16 and now the number of United States citizens expected to affected by the two separate data hacks on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is up to 21 million. I told you about this story when it first broke, and it seems like things are just getting progressively worse for the OPM.
“It is a very big deal from a national security perspective and from a counterintelligence perspective,” FBI Director James B. Comey said at a media meeting at the FBI headquarters. “It’s a treasure trove of information about everybody who has worked for, tried to work for, or works for the United States government.”
The recent tally of those affected by the hack was enough to prompt the current director of the federal Office of Personnel Management, Katherine Archuleta, to resign today. According to the White House, Archuleta left of her own accord.
Archuleta believed her resignation would allow the federal agency to "move beyond the current challenges."
White House spokesman Josh Earnest spoke out about the resignation of Archuleta.
"It's quite clear that new leadership, with a set of skills and experiences that are unique to the urgent challenges that OPM faces, are badly needed," Earnest said.
The hackers, accused of being from China by several important government figures, have gained access to all types of confidential government employee and citizen information. They have their hands on data like security clearance files, Social Security numbers, job assignments and performance evaluations.
They are also suspected of stealing information that shows exactly where U.S. citizens in foreign lands are living.
The information released about this hack keeps getting scarier and scarier and I hope there's nothing else as devastating that comes to light about this hack. I'll keep you updated as we wait to hear about a solution from government officials.
Stay tuned to my Happening Now news page to get the latest information as I hear about it.