FAA Employee Data Takes Flight

The security of government computers has been a chronic problem for more than a decade. Leaders in the White House and the federal agencies have pledged over and over to make computer security a priority.

So why were hackers able to access computers at the Federal Aviation Administration last week containing employee names and Social Security numbers?

Here's what the Associated Press had to say:

"The agency said in a statement Monday that two of the 48 files on the breached computer server contained personal information about employees and retires who were on the FAA's rolls as of the first week of February 2006.

"The server that was accessed was not connected to the operation of the air traffic control system and there is no indication those systems have been compromised, the statement said."

"All affected employees will receive letters notifying them of the breach, the statement said."

How long has computer security been a problem at the FAA? Hard to know for sure. Here's a report from December 2000.

By Robert O'Harrow |  February 10, 2009; 9:48 PM ET computer security
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