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DOJ makes clarification to OPM data breach being connected to fraud

The Department of Justice is now saying that an identity theft case it announced last month may not be linked to the 2015 massive Office of Personnel Management as it originally reported, The Hill reports.

In June, the DOJ released a statement that a Maryland woman had pleaded guilty to identity theft charges related to the OPM data breach, where personal and vehicle loans were obtained with the Social Security numbers obtained from the breach, but days later it revised the release to remove references to OPM, the report notes.

According to the report, in a letter to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) from Stephen Boyd, the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general dated July 9, Boyd said that while several victims of the scheme reported also being victims of the OPM breach, federal investigators have not yet found a definitive link between the fraud case and the OPM breach and the investigation is ongoing.

Reader comments

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Most of OPM is worthless because they are responsible for the breach and they go out and contract with a company that sends individuals notices that have nothing to do with their stolen data. I guess some of the OPM minions got bonuses and then left the agency to join the contractor and got a sign on bonus and now are running the show as a patch of imbeciles in a sewage drain.

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 Peter

Clearly the anon poster is the picture-perfect IT guy, never misses patches, has all his/her systems locked down tighter than a drum, runs vuln scans nightly on all his/her stuff, blahblahblah.

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 Luke

Wanna' buy some password protection? Free 90 day trial. Then, after you forget that you've subscribed, it's just $120 annually. And, it's guaranteed. We'll send you a sympathy card if it fails.

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 Steve

I'm sure if the Feds were to narrow down their search. Specifically finding the person or persons where the breach ordinated and actually firing these people. Then its only going to get worst a lot worst. I now have a list of 53 different pass words both for work and home And it still isn't criminal proof apparently.

Wed, Jul 11, 2018

Individual minions responsible for the OPM breach should be locked up, fined and sent away to a labor camp. No one is responsible just like the congress and senate, a do nothing over paid bunch of lazy self-serving minions.

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