FAA Employee Database Hacked
If you work for or are retired from the Federal Aviation Administration, be on the lookout for fraudulent activity involving your Social Security number. Last week, the FAA's administrative computer server was hacked. Information -- including names and Social Security numbers of 45,000 current workers and retirees -- were stolen.
Last night, Lynne Osmus, the agency's acting administrator, sent the letter below to employees.
I want to alert you that the Cyber Security Management Center identified some unusual activity from an FAA administrative server last week. An investigation revealed that the server was breached by a hacker.
Most of the 48 breached files were test files used for application development. Two of these files contained names and social security numbers. One of them contained information on more than 45,000 employees and retirees who were on FAA rolls as of the first week of February 2006. Medical information from the hacked files was encrypted and not identifiable.
We are moving swiftly to identify short-term and long-term measures – procedural and technological – to prevent such incidents from recurring. All current and former employees who are affected will receive a letter shortly alerting them to this event.
In addition, we are posting information in the form of FAQs on the employee and public web sites, and we will update that information, via the web and other channels, should the investigation reveal more information. We also are setting up a toll-free hotline to answer employee calls related to this event.
We will continue our efforts to further protect our computer security systems and will keep you informed as the investigation continues.
Acting FAA Administrator
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