As Chinese President Pays Visit to U.S., OPM Reveals New Number of Fingerprints Stolen

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has updated the number of federal employees and individuals whose fingerprints had been stolen by hackers last year: 5.6 million. That was way more than the 1.1 million they initially estimated among the records of more than 21 million government employees and individuals whose personal data including Social Security numbers had been stolen. U.S. intelligence officials said hackers working for the Chinese government did it.

The new number was released one day before the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in his first visit to the U.S. Xi and President Barack Obama are expected to talk cybersecurity, among other issues. 

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