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Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Mon Apr 4 12:38:05 MDT 2016


    


Breach Exposes Data From Thousands of DHS Employees

      * By  Tom Brant 
      * February 8, 2016 03:37pm EST
        
A pro-Palestinian group is reportedly behind the breach; DHS says
there's 'no indication' sensitive data was stolen. 

An anonymous hacker claims to have stolen more than 200GB of files from
the Department of Homeland Security, including the names and contact
information of more than 30,000 employees.

A database containing 22,174 names, job titles, email addresses, phone
numbers and other location information was posted to Cryptobin.org this
afternoon. A separate list of 9,371 similar records was posted yesterday
evening. PCMag accessed both databases but was unable to confirm whether
any of the information is genuine. Multiple reports have confirmed that
the entries released yesterday correspond to employees who work at the
DHS or the Department of Justice.

In a statement, the DHS said it is "looking into the reports of
purported disclosure of DHS employee contact information. We take these
reports very seriously, however there is no indication at this time that
there is any breach of sensitive or personally identifiable
information."

The data breach was first reported by Vice News' Motherboard website,
which said it spoke with the hacker. By calling the phone numbers in the
database, Motherboard says it was able to confirm that many corresponded
to actual voice mailboxes of employees at the DHS. The job titles vary
from Executive Assistant to Department of Homeland Security Deputy
Director.

The leak seems to have originated from a pro-Palestinian group. A
message appears at the beginning of the database that reads, "This is
for Palestine, Ramallah, West Bank, Gaza." A message posted on the
@DotGovs Twitter account, where the link to the database first appeared

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