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CHIPS Articles: OPM Data Breach Reminders

OPM Data Breach Reminders
By CHIPS Magazine - June 29, 2015
There are two OPM data breach incidents.

OPM became aware of the first incident on April 2015 of the cybersecurity breach that impacted former and current federal employees. OPM identified that the first breach may compromise personal information. OPM continues to notify former and current employees who may be affected — it is important to emphasize that the notification is ongoing and employees should not assume they are not impacted if they haven't yet received notification related to Incident #1.

The second incident was detected during the investigation of the first incident. OPM is working with DHS and FBI to determine who is affected by the second intrusion which involves background investigation data. Individuals affected by the second intrusion will be notified as soon as practicable.

Because of the .com (dot-com) email address, some notification messages went to employee’s junk mail folder and were deleted. Employees can contact CSID to authenticate their status and receive their PIN#.

OPM is providing affected employees complimentary identity theft insurance free of charge for 18 months. Every affected individual, regardless of whether or not they explicitly take action to enroll with their PIN#, will have up to $1 million of identity theft insurance and access to full-service identity restoration provided by CSID until December 7, 2016.

Enrolling in the CSID credit monitoring is voluntary on the part of civilian employees.

Employees calling the CSID toll-free number (1-844-777-2743) will likely experience long wait times, due to the large number of callers. If possible, employees should call during non-peak work hours, to mitigate the long wait-time. (Peak hours are 9 a.m. through noon CT)

The Department of the Navy recognizes the impact of the OPM breach on its employees and the Department is committed to sharing updated information with its employees. The DON is updating a set of Frequently Asked Questions with the latest information every day.

This information is currently available at the following DON CIO website:

Additional assistance:

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Website:

Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program Website: is the federal government’s one-stop resource for identity theft victims. The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process.

Visit the Federal Trade Commission website: for ID theft prevention tips and free resources.

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