The OPM now estimates that 5.6 million people had their fingerprints stolen in the hack. Previously, that number was believed to 1.1 million.
The agency claims that the ability of hackers to misuse fingerprint data is low. However, it could not rule out the possibility of future technologies being used to exploit the prints, especially in regard to espionage.
Although the Chinese government is widely considered to be the prime suspect in the hack, no official accusations have been made. In all, 21.5 million Americans were affected by the breach, which is roughly 7 percent of the country’s population.