Federal data breach affects 21.5 million

8273049_GRNN) – The Office of Personnel Management announced in a statement that personal data, including Social Security numbers, was stolen from 21.5 million current, prospective and former federal employees.

The government organization said an investigative team found that of the 21.5 million affected, 19.7 million were applicants for background investigations and 1.8 were non-applicants, such as spouses.

The OPM said anyone who applied for a background investigation in 2000 onwards is likely affected.

Included in the breach is 1.1 million fingerprints.

Other sensitive information that was accessed included: Social Security numbers, residency and educational history, employment history, information about immediate family and other personal business acquaintances, health, criminal and financial history, and other details.

The OPM also said information about interviews and the usernames and passwords of those applying to federal forms were stolen.

However, the organization said the separate systems that store the health, financial, payroll and retirement records of federal employees were unaffected.

The OPM said the cyberattack is in addition to another breach first reported on in June, which affected 4.2 million people. That attack happened in April.

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