OPM Gives Green Light to Start Submitting Data Breach Verification Requests
Ian Smith reports that if you think you were impacted by the OPM data breach but haven’t received a notification letter, you can submit a verification request through a government web site:
The Office of Personnel Management has completed mailing notification letters to roughly 93% of individuals whose Social Security Number and other personal information was stolen in the data breaches announced by the agency over the summer. All told, it took OPM about 5 months to complete mailing the letters since the largest of two data breaches was announced.
OPM has been working with the Department of Defense to mail the letters and to set up and maintain the Cybersecurity Resource Center website.
When the site was first announced, OPM said that one of its features is that individuals can use it to find out whether or not their personal data was exposed in the breaches if they hadn’t already been notified by OPM. However, an announcement on the site requested that users wait until OPM had finished mailing the notification letters before requesting the verification.
Read more on FedSmith.
In light of this announcement that the majority of the notification letters have been sent, OPM is giving the green light to start sending in verification requests. To learn more about how to do this, visit the Cybersecurity Resource Center website.