US federal commission breach endangers employees

By | June 27, 2012

Source: Help Net Security

In this article “Employees of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission – an independent agency of the United States government that regulates futures and option markets – have had their personal information and Social Security numbers compromised by an attacker that managed to get into one of their colleague’s email account.

The account was compromised after the employee in question fell for a phishing email and shared information he shouldn’t have – among other things, either his email password or information that allowed the attacker to guess it.

Armed with that knowledge, the attacker accessed the account and emails with attachments containing the names, Social Security numbers and possibly other sensitive personally identifiable information belonging to the agency’s employees.”

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