Feds acknowledge more than 5M fingerprints stolen in breach, far more than thought

The number of people whose fingerprints were stolen in a historic breach of federal files has skyrocketed — from just over 1 million to an estimated 5.6 million, according to the federal agency that was hacked.

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Latest news on the breach of the US government employees records and files by the Chinese government sponsored cyber assault.   The number of people whose fingerprints were stolen in a historic breach of federal files has skyrocketed — from just over 1 million to an estimated 5.6 million, according to the federal agency that was hacked.  “Therefore, an interagency working group with expertise in this area — including the FBI, DHS, DOD, and other members of the Intelligence Community — will review the potential ways adversaries could misuse fingerprint data now and in the future,” the OPM (Office of Personnel Management) said.  This is not the first time the government has acknowledged the breach was broader than initially thought.   In July, the administration disclosed that in addition to 4.2 million people whose records were stolen in an initial hack first revealed earlier this year, more than 21.5 million had their Social Security numbers and other sensitive information stolen in a second hack, believed to be the biggest in U.S. history.   Then-OPM head Katherine Archuleta resigned following the revelation.

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