Federal Hack: 5.6M Fingerprints Stolen

Federal Hack: 5.6M Fingerprints Stolen

The unprecedented hacking, reportedly by the Chinese, of the federal Office of Personnel Management database early this summer was purportedly limited to personal information of just over a million federal workers.

But officials from the OPM admitted this week that the devastating breach was more than five times worse than previously reported.

In a public statement on Wednesday, OPM officials revealed that as many as 5.6 million fingerprints of federal workers were among the data breach.

The incident is currently under review by an inter-agency team from the FBI, DOD and Homeland Security to determine the extend of the breach and its implications to counter-terrorism efforts.

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