The personal information of at leastÂ 4.2 million current and former feds wasÂ compromised in theÂ first data breachÂ that hit an OPM personnel system. The agencyÂ is offering those affected individuals credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance for the next 18 months, free of charge.
How many people were impacted by aÂ second breachÂ on the governmentâ€™s security clearance database still isn’t clear and it has not been determined whether thoseÂ people will also be offeredÂ the same type of identityÂ protection. Speculation is that as many asÂ 32 million people could be affected.
Many federal employees do not thinkÂ the offer of 18 months of protection is enough. AÂ recent petitionÂ posted to the White Houseâ€™sÂ We the PeopleÂ website asksÂ the government to offer lifetime identity protection for current and former federal employees impacted by theÂ cybersecurity breachesÂ at the Office of Personnel Management.
In order for the White House to respond to the request,Â 100,000 signaturesÂ are needed by July 19, 2015.
The petition reads, in part, “Given the fact that many organizations that procure this type of data often donâ€™t act on it for months while waiting for the free monitoring period to lapse, theÂ federal employees who are victims of this attack will be vulnerable for many years and deserve more than 18 months of identity protection and monitoring. These federal employees should receive free identity protection and monitoring for life.”
Do you agree? Will you will signing the petition so that the White House will have to respond?