It has been four years since hackers stole personal information from 22 million people through the Office of Personnel Management, and only now are we seeing concrete evidence that the data is being used in financial crimes.
A woman admitted in federal court this week that she used the identities of OPM breach victims to take out fraudulent loans through a federal credit union. It appears to be the first criminal case involving OPM data that the Justice Department has publicly disclosed.
The revelation could give new momentum to legislation seeking to provide better protection to the federal employees, retirees and others whose personal information was stolen from two government databases in 2014, and spur lawmakers to consider broader safeguards for victims of similar compromises.
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