Anyone who has undergone a federal background check to handle classified information, or is a child or spouse of such an individual, now can visit a Pentagon-hosted website to check if personal data is in the hands of suspected Chinese spies.
The U.S. government quietly Nov. 17 launched “OPM Verify,” a public, self-confirmation tool for the 21.5 million victims of the Office of Personnel hack who have not yet received notification letters or need additional help.
“It is ready for prime time,” Paul Temple, chief executive officer of Advanced Onion, the intelligence contractor that built the system, told Nextgov on Friday by phone. “It is definitely up and running.”
Temple and most of his employees were affected by the allegedly nation-state sponsored attack that snatched sensitive details on people who applied for a security clearance as far back as 2000. One developer in his building confirmed he filled out his own self-check form on the osd.mil website.
Advanced Onion would not provide a link to the site, because the company did not have permission from the government. Nextgov has contacted OPM for comment
OPM started snail mailing ID protection information to hacked individuals Sept. 30, but “a significant amount” of the letters have bounced back to the government, Temple said.
Of the millions of notices sent, the majority have been returned by the Post Office because their addresses were invalid, he said, declining to specify the number of bounce backs.
Advanced Onion, which was contracted by the Defense Information Systems Agency, also developed a tool that catalogs reasons…