FBI Director James Comey said today he’s one of the "millions and millions" of Americans victimized by what U.S. officials suspect was a Chinese-sponsored heist of sensitive government records.
"It is an enormous breach," Comey told a Senate panel. "It is a huge deal."
Early last month, the Office of Personnel Management disclosed that the personnel records of 4.2 million current and former federal employees had been compromised by a massive cyber-attack. But hackers also broke into files associated with background investigations, stealing forms known as SF-86s that are submitted to apply for security clearances.
"I'm sure the adversary has my SF-86 now," Comey said. "My SF-86 lists every place I've ever lived since I was 18. Every foreign travel I've ever taken. All of my family, [and] their addresses."
With several systems breached, tens of millions of people may have had their personal information compromised, sources said. OPM has been working on a more complete assessment of the breach and could announce more details in the coming days.