Northrop Grumman recently began notifying an undisclosed number of linguists who worked for, or applied for jobs with, Northrop Grumman Technical Services' Balkans Linguist Support Program that a database related to the program was accessed by an unauthorized party between late November 2012 and May 2013. The breach was discovered on July 26, 2013 (h/t DataBreaches.net).

Information contained in the database included names, birthdates, blood types, Social Security numbers, other government-issued ID numbers and contact information.

"The affected database has been taken offline and may no longer be accessed remotely," Northrop Grumman Technical Services vice president and general manager Gregory M. Schmidt wrote in the notification letter [PDF]. "Based on our review of this incident, we are taking affirmative steps to mitigate the risk of future similar incidents."


While there's no indication at this point that any of the information in the database has been used inappropriately, Northrop Grumman is offering all those affected one year of free identity protection services from AllClear ID.