The Office of Personnel Management hack keeps getting worse. We already know over 21.5 million federal employees had their personal information hijacked from the OPMā€™s servers. And now the government agency admits that 5.6 million federal employees had their fingerprints stolen.

Wired confirmed that OPMā€™s tally for compromised fingerprints is a lot higher than previously reported:

On Wednesday, the Office of Personnel Management admitted that the number of federal employeesā€™ fingerprints compromised in the massive breach of its servers revealed over the summer has grown from 1.1 million to 5.6 million.

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OPM is notifying the people affected, but this is very bad news. Unlike passwords and banking information, you canā€™t change your fingerprintā€”and fingerprints are now frequently used in biometric authentication from Appleā€™s TouchID to government checkpoints. This means whoever has access to the stolen OPM data now holds a powerful, unchangeable key.

[Wired]

Photo: AP

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