7 Times a Government Hack Was Bigger Than First Disclosed

From: The Atlantic

It just happened again with the OPM hack. Oops.


Robinson Meyer and Kaveh Waddell


  1. On June 27, 2016, the OPM hack grew yet again! It’s about 21.5 million individuals and also “potentially tens of millions of more people than initially disclosed,” including those who were referenced on background check papers.

All this confusion has important consequences. The fact that this is how major hacks seem to work—that they’re unknown or undisclosed for long periods of time, only for the news to arrive in a slow drip of dreadful reports—complicates the attempts of people to understand them or follow them. It also makes it hard for someone to know whether they’re personally affected or what that means.


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