DOD DISA US agency discloses a security breach

Pierluigi Paganini February 21, 2020

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) US agency in charge of secure IT and communication for the White House has disclosed a data breach.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the DoD agency that is in charge of the security of IT and telecommunications for the White House and military troops has suffered a cyber attack.

The agency sent a data breach notification to its employees last week informing them of a security breach that took place last year between May and July.

Hackers accessed employees’ personal details, including social security numbers. DISA is investigating the incident with federal authorities and is now offering free credit monitoring to all impacted individuals.

At the time it is not clear how many employees of the DISA agency have been impacted, the agency did not share any details on the incident for obvious reasons.

This kind of attacks could have severe consequences on homeland security, attackers could used the stolen data to carry out targeted attacks in the future with the intent of breach DoD networks.

This isn’t the first time that the DoD suffered a data breach, in October 2018 the Defense Department’s travel records was hacked and attackers compromised the personal information and credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel.

The data breach could have happened some months before and could have affected as many as 30,000 military and civilian personnel.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, US DISA)

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