OPM tells feds to be wary

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By Mike Cote

Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy have largely kept quiet about a cybersecurity hack that was announced Thursday.
The United States Office of Personnel Management announced that there was an incident that had been discovered in April that affected its Information Technology systems and that data may have been compromised.
While it is unknown who was behind a potential hack, U.S. officials believe it might have been hackers from China that have gotten into personnel files and other sensitive material at the OPM, which does background checks for the vast majority of government employees.
Following the incident, LANL and Los Alamos Field Office personnel were directing all questions to the NNSA headquarters. A NNSA official, which the Los Alamos Monitor reached late Friday, redirected questions to the OPM.
The NNSA spokesperson said only that DOE personnel were notified by Secretary Ernest Moniz Thursday following the announcement.
The Department of Homeland Security on Friday said it was possible employees all departments of the government could have personal data compromised.
Starting Monday and continuing through June 19, OPM will send notifications to approximately 4 million individuals whose information was potentially compromised.
The OPM said an email will be sent from opmcio@csid.com and it will contain information regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Additional information will also be available at csid.com/opm.
Some federal employees were also told in a video from the office of the Director of National Intelligence Friday to change all their passwords and put out fraud alerts on their credit reports, the Associated Press reported.
The initial attack that was discovered in April may have occurred as far back as December.
Some evidence, as reported by the Associated Press, lead U.S. officials to believe the attack may have been from a government entity.