Office of personnel management cyber-attack
What to do if you were affected.
Unfortunately cyber-attacks can occur at any time virtually to any agency. If you have been following the news, you probably have heard about the cyber-attack with the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM). According to OPM, they recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have compromised the personal information of current and former Federal employees. When incidents such as this occur, the organization often sends out emails to the people who may be affected, but how do you know if the email you receive is legitimate? If you were affected by this incident, OPM states the following:
- Beginning June 8 and continuing through June 19, OPM will be sending notifications to approximately 4 million individuals.
- The email will contain information regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services being provided by CSID.
- If OPM does not have an email for an individual, a standard letter will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service.
- Additional information about CSID can be found at, www.csid.com/opm (external link), or by calling toll-free 844-777-2743 (International callers: call collect 512-327-0705).
Even if you were not affected by this cyber-attack, it is important to view your credit report often to ensure it is accurate. Consumers are entitled by law to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus – Equifax®, Experian®, and TransUnion® – for a total of three reports every year. You can obtain a free credit report by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.
Be sure to visit Michigan State University Extension for more tips on how to protect yourself from identity theft. Additionally, you can take the Financial Health Survey at MI Money Health to access if you’re financially healthy and discover more ways you can improve your financial health.