Pentagon Discloses Data Breach of Defense Department travel records last Friday, more than 30,000 workers have been affected. The compromised data contains personal information, credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel.
The Pentagon official said the breach is under investigation and no classified information was compromised. The breach appeared to happen some months ago and but was only recently discovered.
According to the Pentagon statement, the breach was learned by their cybersecurity team on Oct. 4 and the department still gathering information on the size and scope of the hack reported Associated Press.
“It’s important to understand that this was a breach of a single commercial vendor that provided service to a very small percentage of the total population” of Defense Department personnel, said Buccino.
The breach involves compromise of the personnel PII that has been maintained by the vendor who provides the travel management services to Pentagon.
Buccino said that due to security reasons, the department is not identifying the vendor. He said the vendor is still under contract, but the department “has taken steps to have the vendor cease performance under its contracts.”
“The department is continuing to assess the risk of harm and will ensure notifications are made to affected personnel,” affected individuals will get updated and Pentagon to provide fraud protection services said the statement.
Last November Pentagon suffered a massive Data Leak Exposed 1.8 Billion of Social Media Surveillance Data.