Man Charged in First Use of Hacked OPM Federal Employee Data

Tech news website Fifth Domain has flagged “what appears to be the first illicit use of federal employee data that was swiped by suspected Chinese hackers in 2015, creating a cloud of mystery that has sparked the attention of members of Congress.”

The story involved the fraudulent use of a former federal employee’s identity by Marlon McKnight. In December of 2015, McKnight used the employee’s information to open a bank account, savings account, and to take out a vehicle loan at Langley Federal Credit Union in Langley, Virginia.

McKnight “pled guilty June 11 to identity theft and bank fraud using stolen information from a 2015 hack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.”

The OPM hack represents one of the largest data breaches in modern history, impacting more than 21 million active and retired federal employees. That number has grown sizably from the initial estimates offered when the data breach was initially announced.

As Fifth Domain’s Justin Lynch notes, federal authorities also suggested the data breach would not personally impact those whose data had leaked, citing a 2015 letter from Senator Mark Warner that said “there was not a risk of domestic use of this information for criminal or fraudulent purposes.” Warner has noted McKnight’s story “calls this assumption into question,” criticizing what he considers a shortage of information from OPM and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Last week, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) sent a letter urging the release of more information.

“I believe further details about how the defendants obtained the (stolen data) could be useful for the purposes of protecting victims of the breach from further criminal activity,” Connolly wrote.

Posted in The Takedown

Print

You can't afford NOT to have FEDS protection.

Visit FEDS Online

This Week on FEDtalk

Tomorrow on FEDtalk: Rep. Gerry Connolly Talks Federal Workforce Issues

Tune in to FEDtalk on Federal News Radio tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM as host Debra Roth speaks to Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), five-term representative from Virginia’s 11th District and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations. Connolly will chime in on the federal workforce matters currently before Congress, including ongoing uncertainty about whether federal employees will receive a pay raise for 2019. Roth will also be joined in-studio by Federal Times Senior Reporter Jessie Bur and Jenny Mattingley, a federal sector management consultant who was formerly Director of the White House Leadership Development Program and Executive Director of the Performance Improvement Council.

Read more ...

Hear it from FLEOA

An Update on the OPM Cyber Breach

In the wake of the most recent data breach of Equifax, FLEOA has provided an update on the June 2015 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach to include claims, lawsuits and legislation.

Read more ...
FEDagent

FEDagent.com

The free weekly e-report for Federal Law Enforcement

Get in touch with us

Email FEDagent publisher

Copyright 2018 FEDagent.com
Hosted by Peak Media Company, LLC