August 10, 2015
New York, New York
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management failed to address deficiencies in its security systems and thus allowed hackers to steal the personal information of millions of current, former and potential government workers, according to an administrative law judge’s proposed class action filed Friday in Colorado federal court.
Social Security Administration Judge Teresa J. McGarry’s suit is the latest proposed class action triggered by two recently announced data breaches that compromised more than 22 million applicants’ personnel and security files, alleging that OPM failed for years to correct cybersecurity weaknesses identified by Office of Inspector General audits.
“Since at least 2007, OPM has been on notice of significant deficiencies in its cyber security protocol,” the complaint said. “OPM not only failed to cure the weaknesses, but OIG found that in many areas OPM’s performance actually got worse.”
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