Defense Department Breached, Leaving 30K Employee’s Information Exposed
Last week, the Pentagon confirmed its Defense Department was breached, impacting approximately 30,000 military and civilian employees. The information breached included personal information and credit card data. At this time, there is no evidence any classified information was compromised.
Although the Pentagon just confirmed this breach, department officials reported informing leaders of the cyber attack on October 4, 2018. The exact dates of the breach remain unclear, leaving the exact magnitude of the breach unknown. Therefore, the number of employees impacted is expected to increase as the investigation continues. During the ongoing investigation, the Defense Department determined the breach involved a single, undisclosed commercial vendor. This vendor remains under contract, but the department has made assurances the vendor will be “ceasing performance under its contracts“.
As the department continues to investigate, proper notifications will be sent out to those impacted. Officials also reported fraud protection services will be provided to all victims.
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