EPA Suffers Security Breach


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently acknowledged that a security breach in March exposed the Social Security numbers, bank routing numbers and home addresses of approximately 7,800 people.

"The agency wouldn't say whether the breach involved or affected any government contractors but told the Washington Business Journal in a statement Wednesday that it notified 5,100 current employees and some 2,700 'other individuals' about a March security incident that exposed personal information on an EPA database," writes the Washington Business Journal's Jill R. Aitoro. "Those impacted were informed about the breach Tuesday, four months after it occurred. The agency currently is funding about $5 billion under almost 700 active contracts, according to May 31 data."

"In total, EPA has about 18,000 employees," writes FederalNewsRadio.com's Jolie Lee. "EPA is offering free credit monitoring for one year and set up a hotline for the affected individuals to call. EPA said it is unlikely the personal financial information was used, according to the statement. 'Vigilantly keeping data secure from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats is a top priority at EPA and throughout the public and private sectors. The agency has already added new safeguards in response to this incident,' according to the EPA statement."