21.5 Million Victims
The number of victims in the Office of Personnel Management hack seems to go up every few days.
Th latest report released by the OPM says that the number of people whose information was stolen by, it's suspected, China, has reached 21.5 million.
Initially the attack was denied, then it was reported that there were about four million victims. Then the number rose to about 18 million. Now it's 21.5 million. Will it keep going up from there?
Assuming this report is complete, the victims break down to 19.7 million people who applied for background investigations and 1.8 million non-applicants, which include spouses and other people close to the applicants.
In addition to the higher numbers, it's also now known that more information was stolen than initially reported. It's not just Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and other sensitive interview information; it also includes fingerprints of people associated with applicants.
OPM Director Katherine Archuleta resigned over the fracas today.