Everything We Know About the OPM Hack
Nextgov's coverage of one of the largest government hacks.
November 7, 2016 Lawmakers express concern provider transition "may create confusion."
November 1, 2016 OPM is switching benefit providers after initial contract expires.
September 20, 2016 DISA seeks commercial options to support the new background check system.
September 7, 2016 The breaches were avoidable, according to the report.
June 27, 2016 Agency updates and streamlines FAQ on the incident and its response.
May 31, 2016 Security vendor CyTech now claims that during an April 21, 2015, product demonstration, its technology uncovered, for the first time, malware siphoning off the data.
May 27, 2016 A new watchdog report finds funding for the project remains an issue in part because of poor planning by the agency.
May 23, 2016 "This program is really designed to make the most use of not just our security people, but to make use of all of our employees," one official says.
May 20, 2016 Senators fear OPM “is moving forward without firm plans in place."
May 19, 2016 More than half of respondents said they weren’t sure overall information security is better off, despite a big push on information security by the Obama administration in response to the hack.
May 11, 2016 A senior cybersecurity official reflects on OPM’s upcoming “unfortunate anniversary.”
April 29, 2016 The idea is to regularly vet individuals with access to classified information on their likelihood to go rogue, officials say.
April 26, 2016 Ninety-two percent of all data breaches are detected by someone else besides the target.
March 31, 2016 Last year, both OPM and one of the biggest insurers in the FEHBP program -- Anthem Inc. -- were breached, purportedly by the same band of Chinese state-backed hackers.
March 22, 2016 A 4-year project just launched to develop artificial intelligence to automatically detect spoofed fingertips, facial images and irises.
March 21, 2016 "The increasing number and impact of these incidents demonstrate that continuously confronting cyberthreats must remain a strategic priority," according to a March 18 report on compliance with agency information security laws.
March 7, 2016 A group of NASA researchers, upset at the intrusiveness of federal background investigations, sued the government nearly 10 years ago, warning the feds couldn’t keep the data safe.
March 1, 2016 Labor groups fought efforts at DHS and OPM recently to shut off personal email access.
February 29, 2016 At federal agencies, bosses have been slow to take the blame for hacks.
February 25, 2016 Lawmakers applauded the move to put DOD in charge of IT security but are less enthused about OPM’s role.
February 19, 2016 During her three years in office, Ann Barron-DiCamillo, head of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, has been a mainstay on Capitol Hill.
February 10, 2016 A hacktivist claims a help desk aided his intrusion into a computer containing contact information on some 9,000 DHS personnel and 20,000 FBI employees.
February 9, 2016 The funding and personnel adjustments come after a year of constant disclosures about agency hacks.
February 4, 2016 OPM has maintained that agency employees uncovered the intrusion last spring while fortifying the agency's IT environment.
February 3, 2016 At a Jan. 7 Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, grilled OPM officials about binders' worth of redacted papers.
February 3, 2016 Richard “Hollis” Helms, a 45-year-veteran of the intelligence community, has a tool he says might stem the potential bleeding of national secrets.
February 1, 2016 "The EINSTEIN system is not a silver bullet," said Jeh Johnson. "It does not stop all attacks, nor is it intended to do so. It is part of a broader array of defenses."
January 28, 2016 The board does not keep track of computer systems it has outsourced to contractors, which could jeopardize information confidentiality.
January 26, 2016 In federal cybersecurity, what is being done – and what else can be done?
January 22, 2016 To protect itself, the Defense Department is itemizing the military's stored away files and re-examining how they are secured, NSA and Cyber Command leader and Adm. Mike Rogers said.
January 21, 2016 Most of the directions for this sly approach to cozying up with the enemy for information extraction are redacted, but the glossary offers some understanding of the tactics in play.
January 11, 2016 The latest and greatest technology means absolutely nothing if your workforce isn’t properly trained and competent regarding the Internet.
January 7, 2016 Federal officials always maintained the attackers -- who nabbed 21.5 million background check records last year -- never obtained personally identifiable information during a breach two years ago.
January 6, 2016 During a House hearing tomorrow, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to question a legislative branch liaison from OPM about the holdup and excessive redactions in documents it received.
December 23, 2015 The government is scouring its IT inventory to identify affected Juniper systems.
December 14, 2015 Clifton Triplett -- named OPM's first-ever senior cyber and IT adviser last month – says forthcoming access controls will blunt the severity of any future hack.
Government Finishes Mailing Letters to Hack Victims -- But Still Can’t Track Down 1.5 Million of Them
December 11, 2015 The government has finished mailing 93 percent of the victims.
December 10, 2015 Because of OPM's missteps, "millions of taxpayer dollars were put at risk for waste or loss" the IG says.
December 8, 2015 The deal was inked to complete a goal of making so-called EINSTEIN 3A network protections available to all civilian agencies by Dec. 31.
December 7, 2015 The agency is mailing about 300,000 notification letters addressed to the departed