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Federal Employee Breach Affects 12,000

DATA LOSS—U.S.

November 8, 2010

The General Services Administration is taking steps to protect its employees' identities after a data breach exposed the personal information of 12,000, reports The New York Times. The breach occurred after an employee e-mailed a list of names and Social Security numbers to a personal address. The agency is paying for one year of credit monitoring and identity theft insurance coverage for each employee but says the e-mail involved was deleted from the recipient's e-mail account and laptop, which was also "scrubbed clean," and had not been forwarded on. A spokeswoman for the agency said protecting employee data at large organizations is "no small challenge" but that the agency will continue to evolve protocols. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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