Cy­ber­at­tack tar­gets Pen­tagon per­son­nel

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

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An of­fi­cial at the Pen­tagon, speak­ing anony­mously, said that no clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion was com­pro­mised in the re­cent breach.

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