According to the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management systems have been compromised.
The OPM discovered malicious activity affecting their information systems back in April of this year. The DHS intrusion detection system, known as EINSTEIN confirmed the data breach in May. An anonymous DHS official told Reuters that the breach affected both IT systems, and the data stores at the Department of the Interior’s data center, which is used by multiple federal agencies.
So far, 4 million current and former employee records have been confirmed compromised. No word on what agencies these employees worked for.
“We take very seriously our responsibility to secure the information stored in our systems, and in coordination with our agency partners, our experienced team is constantly identifying opportunities to further protect the data with which we are entrusted,” OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said.
It is currently rumored that the FBI is investigating the situation, and that China is a number one suspect.