How did OPM get hacked?

U.S. Department of Homeland Security official Andy Ozment testified that the attackers had gained valid user credentials to the systems they were attacking, likely through social engineering. The breach also consisted of a malware package which installed itself within OPM’s network and established a backdoor.

Who hacked OPM?

U.S. officials have said that the Chinese government is responsible for the OPM hack, which breached major databases and exposed the sensitive information of about 22.1 million people, including not just federal employees and contractors but their families and friends.

Who does OPM report to?

OPM is headed by a director, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate….United States Office of Personnel Management.

Agency overview
Jurisdiction U.S. federal government
Headquarters Theodore Roosevelt Federal Building 1900 E Street, NW Washington, D.C., US
Employees 5,539 (2017)
Agency executive Kiran Ahuja, Director

Who does OPM cover?

OPM is responsible for the administration of the Federal Retirement Program covering more than 2.7 million active employees, including the United States Postal Service, and nearly 2.6 million annuitants, survivors, and family members.

When did the OPM hack happen?

April 2014
Office of Personnel Management data breach/Start dates

How do I contact OPM?

You may contact the Retirement Office via phone at 1 (888) 767-6738 or e-mail [email protected]

How do I contact OPM gov?

Our number is 888-767-6738 but you may also contact us via email at [email protected]

Does the U.S. government employ hackers?

The US government has increasingly used hacking as an investigative technique. Since 2002, the FBI has used malware in virtual criminal investigations. The FBI has since developed a form of hacking which attacks millions of computers in one operation.

What happened to the OPM Cybersecurity program?

Within the last year, the OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous tools and capabilities to its networks. As a result, in April 2015, OPM detected a cyber-intrusion affecting its information technology (IT) systems and data. The intrusion predated the adoption of the tougher security controls.

Did you receive a letter from OPM about a data breach?

If you received a letter from OPM, please visit to learn more about what happened and to sign up for free identity protection services. You just got an email saying your information was exposed in the OPM data breach. Wondering whether the email is the real deal or not? Here are a few things to look for:

How can I tell if an opopm email is a scam?

OPM will be sending most breach notifications by email between June 8 and June 19. The email will come from this address: [email protected] If you get an email about the breach from a different address, then it’s a scam. Don’t click on any links or provide any personal information.

How does OPM prevent identity theft and fraud?

In order to mitigate the risk of fraud and identity theft, OPM is offering credit report access, credit monitoring and identify theft insurance and recovery services to potentially affected individuals through CSID®, a company that specializes in these services.