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SEC Informs Employees of Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

May 20, 2011

The Securities and Exchange Commission has notified about 4,000 agency employees that their Social Security numbers and other payroll information were included in an unencrypted e-mail, The Los Angeles Times reports. A contractor at the department's National Business Center, which manages payroll, human resources and financial reporting for many federal agencies, sent the e-mail May 4 and neglected to properly encrypt the information. Additionally, software made to catch such errors failed to do so. A Department of the Interior spokesman said there is "no indication that the data was intercepted," however, and the agency has launched an investigation.
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