[ISN] U.S. Workers Are on Alert After Breach of Data

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 00:15:09 -0600 (CST)

By Ashley Southall
The New York Times
November 6, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Federal workers at the General Services Administration are 
on alert against identity theft after an employee sent the names and 
Social Security numbers of the agency’s entire staff to a private e-mail 

The agency, which manages federal property, employs more than 12,000 
people. Officials apologized to employees for the incident in a letter 
dated Oct. 25 -- almost six weeks after the breach occurred. The agency 
said it had paid for employees to enroll in a one-year program to 
monitor their credit reports, along with up to $25,000 in identity theft 
insurance coverage.

The letter was signed by Casey Coleman, the chief information officer, 
and Gail Lovelace, the agency’s senior privacy official. Neither 
returned calls or e-mails for comment.

Sara Merriam, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in a statement on 
Wednesday: “Ensuring the security of employee data is no small challenge 
in large organizations. We will continue to evolve our protocols to 
protect the employee information entrusted to us.”


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