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Four million current and former federal employees may have had their personal information hacked.

Hackers based in China breached U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) computers, according to officials. One spokesperson has even described the incident as perhaps one of the largest thefts of government data ever.

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What happened? According to the Washington Post, the cyber intruders accessed information that included employees’ Social Security numbers, job assignments, performance ratings and training information. No direct deposit data was exposed. Unfortunately, they could not say for certain what data was taken, simply which information had been accessed.

How many were affected? It appears that at least four million current and former federal employees could have been impacted.

When did it occur? The hackers, who are believed to have ties to the Chinese government, gained entry into the federal computer system last September. However, the breach wasn’t detected until April.

How did it happen? The hackers are said to have used a previously unknown cyber tool, called “zero-day,” to take advantage of a vulnerability in the system.

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