Cy­ber at­tack on US gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY BREACHES -

USIS, an US gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor has said that there was a cy­ber at­tack on it which had the mark­ings of a state-spon­sored at­tack. An of­fi­cial with the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity said the in­tru­sion may have com­pro­mised some of its em­ploy­ees’ in­for­ma­tion. The con­trac­tor over­sees can­di­dates for se­cu­rity clear­ance for civil­ian and mil­i­tary works.

USIS, once known as U.S. In­ves­ti­ga­tions Ser­vices, Inc., has been un­der fire in Congress in re­cent months for its per­for­mance in con­duct­ing back­ground checks on Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency leaker Ed­ward Snow­den and on Aaron Alexis, a mil­i­tary con­trac­tor em­ployee who killed 12 peo­ple dur­ing shoot­ings at the Navy Yard in Septem­ber 2013.

Pri­vate con­trac­tors con­duct back­ground checks on more than two-thirds of the 4.9 mil­lion gov­ern­ment work­ers with se­cu­rity clear­ances and USIS han­dles nearly half of that num­ber. Many of those in­ves­ti­ga­tions are per­formed un­der con­tracts with the Of­fice

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