The personal information of about 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised in what may be the biggest data breach of the government’s computer networks. Nearly every government agency was affected in this attack. The only groups not affected were the legislative and judicial branches, along with uniformed military personnel.
An upgraded detection system discovered the breach in April, but it wasn’t known that sensitive data had been compromised until May. China has been suspected of the attack, but does deny the allegations.
If you may have been affected, here’s what you should do:
- Watch your finances closely. You can use online and mobile banking to check your transactions daily.
- If you haven’t already, claim your free annual credit report. You may also want to consider using credit monitoring services.
- Research identity theft protection options. Aspire offers discounted services through MetLife.
- Look out for suspicious emails asking your for information or mentioning new credit you didn’t apply for.
- Secure your social media accounts. Make sure they do not contain public information such as your high school, pet’s name, etc. as they may be answers to some of your security questions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!