According to reports, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) experienced a data breach in 2019 which might have exposed the personal information, including names, addresses, and SSN, of multiple individuals, to criminals.
Reuters reported that the DISA sent a letter to all the people affected by the data breach, which is thought to have occurred between May and July of last year.
In the letter, the DISA informed all the potential victims that some of their personal data, including their Social Security number, might have been leaked as a result of a data breach. One of the recipients of the letter shared the letter on Twitter alerting the wider public that DISA’s systems had been the target of a data breach.
The letter did not contain any information about the identities of potential victims or perpetrators of the data security breach. DISA chose not to comment on the incident when contacted by multiple news agencies.
The DISA reportedly informed victims there was no evidence to suggest that any personal data leaked had been misused, but that the agency understands the seriousness of any potential data compromise.
To further put the minds of potential victims at ease, the DISA promised to offer free credit monitoring to all who wanted it and emphasized their commitment to implementing enhanced security protocols to prevent any further data breaches.
According to DISA’s website, the agency employs around 8,000 civilian and military personnel. The role of the agency is to provide support to the nation’s leaders and military teams by operating command, control and information-sharing facilities and an enterprise information infrastructure that is accessible around the globe.
The DISA is not the first – and unfortunately is unlikely to be the last – government agency to have personal data stolen. Back in 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered from a data breach that resulted in confidential information of over 21 million individuals being stolen – the information included usernames, passwords, and Social Security numbers.
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Source Article: https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/483853-defense-department-agency-suffers-potential-data-breach