Data Breaches

White House Awards Contract for Identity Theft Protection for Millions of Victims of OPM Data Breach

Written by Jennifer van der Kleut for Symantec

 

The White House awarded a contract to a company to offer identity theft protection services to people impacted by a data breach at the government’s Office of Personnel Management. The OPM discovered that breach in June 2015.

The OPM data breach exposed personally identifiable information of more than 20 million people, including federal government employees, contractors and others.

The contract was awarded to ID Experts, OPM said in an announcement on Sept. 1, 2015, as reported by CNN and other news outlets.

The Office of Personnel Management acts as a human resources department for all federal government employees and contractors. It is also responsible for processing background checks and security clearances for millions of workers with sensitive jobs and/or access to classified information.

U.S. officials have said they believe Chinese hackers were behind the cyber attack.

The services offered to victims in the new contract include three years of credit monitoring and identity theft protection services, and up to $1 million in identity theft insurance. In addition, it extends the services to minor dependents of the victims, according to CNN.

Editor’s note: This content was lightly edited and updated on Jan. 24, 2018.

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