Cyber Attack

DOJ doesn’t want OPM cyber attack victims to receive financial compensation

The Department of Justice has submitted a request to a federal court for it to reconsider financial compensation payments to federal employees whose personal information was compromised in the 2015 Office of Personnel Management cyber attacks, the Washington Post reports.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that OPM failed to safeguard the federal employees’ information despite having been targeted by hackers before and warnings from its inspector general that the databases were vulnerable, and “left the door open” for the victims to be financially compensated, according to the article.


The report notes that the American Federation of Government Employees is seeking a monetary damages for victims under the Privacy Act, which provides for awards of at least $1,000 per individual if the government willfully fails to protect private information.

Reader comments

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Agree with payment to all federal workers who were compromised This was not the first time. TSP website was breached a year or two prior to. All employees who's account was breached must purchase a security contract. Yes this should be a given.$$

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

DOJ is just voicing the position of the Trump administration to the Civil Service: Take a job with us at your own risk.

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

OPM needs to protect everyone for the rest of their lives (including family members)due to their information being out there as well.

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

I think that if the Federal employees got compromised they should get compensated.

Wed, Sep 11, 2019

And I have a bridge for sale also. The inept IT people at OPM are probably now working for the contractor who is responsible for the credit monitoring service. They surely would not want to be named to the public or loose their corporate bonuses.

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