DOJ backtracks on linking OPM hack to loan fraud case

From the not-surprised dept.:

I had suggested previously that claims that data used in identity theft came from the OPM hack were not very convincing. Now the government has walked back any claim that the data did come from the OPM hack. Mark Rockwell reports:

The Justice Department said it jumped the gun with a June press release that linked recent bank loan fraud cases to the 2015 cyber heist of federal employee data from the Office of Personnel Management, which is generally attributed to the Chinese government.

In a letter to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said the press release jumped to a “premature conclusion” when it said data from the OPM breach was used by fraudsters who applied for and opened bogus loans at the Langley Federal Credit Union.

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