Pen­tagon re­veals cy­ber breach of travel records

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WASH­ING­TON (AP) — The Pen­tagon on Fri­day said there has been a cy­ber breach of De­fense Depart­ment travel records that com­pro­mised the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and credit card data of U.S. mil­i­tary and civil­ian per­son­nel.

Ac­cord­ing to a U.S. of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter, the breach could have af­fected as many as 30,000 work­ers, but that num­ber may grow as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues. 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 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. And it mir­rors a num­ber of other breaches that have hit fed­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies in re­cent years, ex­pos­ing health data, per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, and so­cial se­cu­rity num­bers.

The U.S. Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice in its Tues­day re­port said the Pen­tagon has worked to en­sure its net­works are se­cure, but only re­cently be­gan to fo­cus more on its weapons sys­tems se­cu­rity. The au­dit, con­ducted be­tween Septem­ber 2017 and Oc­to­ber 2018, found that there are “mount­ing chal­lenges in pro­tect­ing its weapons sys­tems from in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated cy­ber threats.” The De­fense Depart­ment has con­sis­tently said that its net­works and sys­tems are probed and at­tacked thou­sands of times a day.

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