On Thursday, June 4, the Office of Personnel Management alerted AFGE that a cyber attack had occurred sometime in 2014. The hack was discovered in April 2015. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from 4.2 million current, former, and retired federal employees could have potentially been accessed. These personnel records contain Social Security numbers, military records, veterans status, pay, position, educational records, name, address, date of birth, marital status, information on dependents, health insurance, life insurance and other personal information.
On June 12th, OPM revealed that a second attack had occurred in which hackers gained access to OPM systems containing information related to the background investigations of current, former and prospective federal government employees. This hack potentially exposed the personal information of anyone who has ever completed Standard Form 86, or SF-86, which is used by military personnel, government contractors, and government employees to apply for a Security Clearance. OPM has refused to say how many people’s personal information might have been exposed during this second breach, but estimates put it in the range of 5 million to 15 million.