“Last summer attackers opened files on 21.5 million national security personnel.
Other family members and close contacts of those victims are “affected,” according to an updated OPMFAQ.
Newly-disclosed stolen records include personal information of parents, siblings, other relatives, and close friends. Suspected Chinese cyberspies set their sights on forms submitted by Americans seeking clearance to handle classified information that, among other things, included details on their private lives.
The stolen data about the newly announced victims contains what is “generally available in public forums,” OPM officials say. The FAQ, which apparently was changed late Friday, does not quantify how many additional people are affected.
What knowledge might adversaries now possess about the larger group of individuals?
OPM officials, in explaining who else is a victim, state: “When you submitted your background investigation form, you likely provided the name, address, date of birth, or other similar information of close…
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