Cyberattack targets Pentagon personnel
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Friday said a cyber breach of Department of Defense travel records compromised the personal information and credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel.
The breach could have affected as many as 30,000 workers, but that number could grow as the investigation continues, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter. The breach could have happened some months ago but was only recently discovered.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the breach is under investigation, said that no classified information was compromised.
According to a Pentagon statement, a department cyber team informed leaders about the breach on Oct. 4.
Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino, a Pentagon spokesman, said the department is still gathering information on the size and scope of the hack, which involved a single unidentified commercial vendor, and who did it.
Disclosure of the breach comes on the heels of a federal report released Tuesday that concluded that military weapons programs are vulnerable to cyberattacks and the Pentagon has been slow to protect the systems.
An official at the Pentagon, speaking anonymously, said that no classified information was compromised in the recent breach.