The Treasury Employees (NTEU) will challenge a federal judge’s ruling freeing the government – their employer – of responsibility for a big data breach/cyberattack of its computers that disclosed personal information of 22 million present and former federal workers and their families. “We immediately appealed the district court’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon on Sept. 19. NTEU was one of two unions which sued the feds after the data breach two years ago. The lead union in the case, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), is still considering an appeal of Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling, union president J. David Cox said. “OPM failed to keep our most private and sensitive information from getting into the hands of Chinese hackers. We are deeply disappointed,” he added. Cox said the hacking would forever disrupt the lives of the workers and their families.
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