Federal Government gets Hacked Again
Federal Government gets hacked Again – Your Personal Information is at Risk, what should you do? OPM has recently discovered that the hacking was deeper than everyone thought. These systems encompassed basically everyone. What was originally reported was information related to the background investigations of current, former, and prospective Federal government employees, as well as other individuals for whom a Federal background investigation was conducted?
Government agency are waiting too late to update their networks. Why won’t the govt spend the money proactively instead of reacting to problems? It’s embarrassing. Now as a result of purchasing new equipment it been discovered as a result of OPM’s aggressive efforts to update its cybersecurity posture, everyone’s information has been stolen. Hijacked!
OPM, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are working as part of a team on this investigation to determine the number of people affected. OPM will notify those persons whose information may have been compromised.
It’s a shame the US citizens continue to become victims of cyber thefts. While the US continues to react and point blame at other government agencies. Identity theft has been going on for too long. The citizens and national security is at stake. Could this be the new way of fighting wars, with cyber-crimes and ruining companies and people lives through Identity theft?
Steps for Monitoring Your Identity and Financial Information
- 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.
- Review resources provided on the FTC identity theft website, www.Identitytheft.gov. The FTC maintains a variety of consumer publications providing comprehensive information on computer intrusions and identity theft.
- Request a free credit report at www.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.
Please monitor financial account statements and immediately report any suspicious or unusual activity to financial institutions. These days your good credit is all you have so protect yourself.
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