A recent breach reported by the Federal Aviation Administration has exposed the private data of about 45,000 employees, as a result of a hack in one of the FAA computer systems. The FAA has released a warning notice, quoted in Dark Reading, stating that employee personal identity information has been stolen during the illegal access. Those affected by this security breach will also receive individual letter, letting them know their data is stolen and probably used in fraud or identity theft attempts.
“Two of the 48 files on the breached computer server contained personal information about more than 45,000 FAA employees and retirees who were on the FAA’s rolls as of the first week of February 2006,” states the notice. “The server that was accessed was not connected to the operation of the air traffic control system or any other FAA operational system, and the FAA has no indication those systems have been compromised in any way.”
The FAA also stated it has learned its lesson and taken the necessary steps to prevent future incidents of the sort. They are also taking long term measures to protect personal information. As for those who have been affected by this very real breack, there’s a a toll-free number and some details on the employee site.