Saturday, June 18, 2005

Incident: FDIC Reports Security Breach

Personal information of present and former employees of the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC) has been compromised, according to various sources including ZDNet. It is not clear how many people are affected:

FDIC Reports Security Breach - Yahoo! News:

"The FDIC has notified former and current employees of the agency that personal data including name, date of birth, salary, Social Security number and other information had been stolen several months ago.

Although the data theft was discovered in March and letters were sent to affected employees at that time, the FBI subsequently found that data of all former and current Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. employees--not only those notified by the FDIC in March--had been compromised.

Not only is the security breach embarrassing for the FDIC, it's also ironic, because the FDIC's job is to issue alerts to financial institutions about how to handle sensitive information, said Gerry Gebel, senior analyst at Burton Group, a Midvale, Utah, research and advisory firm.

The security breach at the FDIC is just the latest in a series of high-profile cases of identity thefts...."

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