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Homeland Security Breach Exposes Data on 240,000 Employees

A government agency that is well known for invading Americans’ privacy has had the tables turned. A breach at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Case Management System affected 247,167 people employed by DHS in 2014, as well as subjects, witnesses and complainants associated with DHS OIG investigations from 2002 through 2014, the department said in a statement. Information exposed included Social Security numbers, dates of birth, positions, grades and duty stations.

The DHS said the “privacy incident” wasn’t the result of a cyberattack and that acquisition of individuals’ personal information didn’t appear to be the goal of the breach. Instead, the files were discovered last May in the possession of a former DHS OIG employee during an ongoing criminal investigation, the agency said.

Details may be found in an article by Steven Musil in the CNet web site at:

Categories: Offline Privacy & Security

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