Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Federal Workers Notified After SRA Breach

Robert McMillan writes on NetworkWorld:

Employees at federal security agencies are being notified that their personal information may have been compromised after hackers planted a virus on computer networks of government contractor SRA International.

SRA began notifying employees and all of its customers after discovering the breach recently, company spokeswoman Sheila Blackwell said Tuesday. The malicious software may have allowed hackers to get access to data maintained by SRA, including "employee names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and healthcare provider information," the company said in a notification [.pdf] posted at the Maryland Attorney General's Web site.

The breach is embarrassing for SRA, a 6,600-employee technology consulting company that sells cybersecurity and privacy services to the federal government. The company wouldn't say which federal agencies were affected by the breach, but in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings it lists intelligence agencies and those such as the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. National Guard among its clients.

More here.


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