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Hackers Expose Military Personnel Banking Info

DATA LOSS—U.S.

January 18, 2011

The Washington Post reports that hackers breached a Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) laptop, exposing the personal and banking information of an undisclosed number of active-duty military personnel and others connected to the Pentagon. The breach was discovered on December 12, and PenFed sent notification letters earlier this month, saying there is no indication the data has been misused and no PINs or passwords were accessed. The credit union is offering two years of free credit-protection software and has reissued payment cards to all affected customers. PenFed serves almost one million active-duty military personnel as well as the Department of Defense, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, the reports states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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