A Democratic congressman who says his personal information was stolen in two massive data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management now says his information is being used in attempted identity-theft schemes.
“In the last three weeks, I’ve had people use my data from that breach to apply for credit cards in three different banks all over the country and god only know what else will happen,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said Tuesday at a Capitol Hill event on cloud computing. “I can tell you, we know why the Chinese wanted this data: to sell it to people who are going to use it try to create fraudulent credit. That’s one reason; they’re may be lots of other reasons as well.”
It’s believed hackers backed by the Chinese government exfiltrated data from OPM, purportedly as part of an espionage operation.
However, Connolly’s assessment is at odds with what leaders of the intelligence community and OPM have maintained since the breaches were disclosed: That so far there’s been no indication the information has been used for fraudulent purposes.
I have had somebody apply in Arlington at Best Buy and Skopos using my credit data and I’ve never even been to Arlington.
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When Jennings asked how the pair had picked their victims, the suspects told him they had obtained information from people working in call centers in India, Rowe said.
The Patels were each held on $150,000 bail at the Bergen County Jail, charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception, a second-degree crime.
So far, Rowe said, about $150,000 has been seized form six bank accounts in the names of the suspects.
“Because of Detective Jennings’ hard work and perseverance, many victims will be able to recover the money they lost in this case,” Rowe said. “In some cases,” he added, “the victims lost their life savings.”