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CFTC, Nonprofit Hit By Data Breaches

DATA THEFT—U.S.

June 26, 2012

As a result of a "phishing" e-mail, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) experienced a data breach affecting employees' Social Security numbers (SSNs) and other personal information, Bloomberg reports. According to the CFTC, "The e-mail account contained e-mails and attachments with the names, SSNs and possibly other sensitive personally identifiable information of certain individuals." Meanwhile, a nonprofit agency, Towards Employment, was hit by a breach after a laptop was stolen. The compromised computer, which was password protected, held a database with names, addresses and SSNs of approximately 26,000 of the group's clients.
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