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Beth Cobert: OPM Launches Federal Personnel Data Breach Verification Website

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Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

The Office of Personnel Management has unveiled an online verification center for potential victims of a massive cyber attack on OPM’s federal and contractor employee background check systems.

Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert wrote in a blog entry posted Tuesday the site will work to verify whether the information of an employee was compromised during the attack.

“I urge anyone who has not received a letter by the middle of this month and who believes his or her data may have been taken, to reach out to the verification center so we can confirm your correct address and send you a letter,” she stated.

Cobert added portal users can also seek assistance to retrieve a lost copy of PIN codes that they will need to receive free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services from the government.

She expects possible breach victims to receive a response from OPM within a month after submission of their information online.

OPM will continue to notify those affected by the intrusion via mail in the next two weeks, Cobert said.

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