[ISN] Information of U.S. federal employees exposed

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 03:25:42 -0500 (CDT)

By John Ribeiro
IDG News Service
May 28, 2012

A hack in July last year of a computer used by third-party services 
provider Serco to support the Thrift Savings Plan run by the U.S. 
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board resulted in unauthorized 
access to the personal information of about 123,201 TSP participants and 
payees, FRTIB said Friday.

Serco and FRTIB were alerted in April by the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation that one of the computers used to service TSP had been the 
victim of unauthorized access. Besides shutting down the computer, FRTIB 
and Serco did forensic analysis to determine which people were affected, 
and enhanced the security, FRTIB and Serco said in separate statements. 
Serco confirmed that its computer had been affected.

Several files with different combinations of data of the individuals 
were accessed, FRTIB said.A The names, addresses, and Social Security 
numbers of about 43,000 individuals were in the accessed files. In some 
cases, this group of data also included financial account numbers and 
routing numbers, it added.

Another group of about 80,000 people had their Social Security numbers 
and some TSP-related information accessed, but their name was not 
associated with the information, FRTIB said.


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