Cyber Experts Fear Blackmail In Wake Of Gov't Data Breach

Law360, New York (July 10, 2015, 10:54 PM EDT) -- The Office of Personnel Management’s revelation that hackers stole the personal information for 21.5 million federal employees and applicants has privacy experts concerned that the information could be used to blackmail or target law enforcement agents, given the amount of private information gleaned from top-level security clearances.

The OPM breach includes not only the Social Security numbers, mental health histories and financial information on just about everyone who has gone through a government background check in the past 15 years, but the information of families and friends of federal employees and job applicants has also likely been exposed, attorneys say....

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