OPM E-QIP System Hacked, Director Steps Down

Head of the US Office of Personnel Management Katherine Archuleta has resigned after hackers tried to break into the OPM database housed with 22 million personal federal records.

The OPM database, collected by the E-QIP system, that conducts background investigations for prospective federal employees and provides candidates with security clearances, has been temporarily been shut down due to numerous hacking attempts made into the account.

Archuleta, hired by US president Barrack Obama as the director of OPM, stepped down after these attacks saying that this would be a chance for “new leadership” to enter.

4.2 million Records had already been stolen from the database earlier this month, placing sensitive information in the hands of hackers whose identity has not been confirmed.

According to Reuters, the US government has pointed a finger at China who in turn described the accusations as belonging to “absurd logic”.

According to the Obama Administration, the E-QIP system will return in four to six weeks, once security upgrades have been confirmed. The administration will also put more stringent measures in place to control which employees that have access to the system.