Energy Dept.: Personal data compromised by hackers

August 17, 2013 by Matthew Daly

The Energy Department says personal information for about 14,000 past and current employees was compromised after the department's computers were hacked. Information such as Social Security numbers and names was disclosed in the attack, which occurred in late July.

The department said in a memo to employees that its cybersecurity office was working with other officials, including a health, safety and security office and the agency's inspector general, to investigate the incident. The memo said no classified data was targeted or compromised.

A department spokeswoman declined to comment.

The memo says workers whose information was compromised will be offered assistance on ways to protect themselves from identity theft.

Explore further: Utah breach affects 25,000 Social Security numbers

Related Stories

Utah breach affects 25,000 Social Security numbers

April 6, 2012

(AP) -- Utah health officials said Friday that hackers who broke into state computers last weekend stole far more medical records than originally thought, and the data likely includes Social Security numbers of children ...

US Energy Department was hacking victim

February 4, 2013

The US Department of Energy on Monday confirmed it was the target of a cyber attack in January, which stole employee and contractor data, but said no classified data was compromised.

Report: VA sent data over unsecured networks

March 7, 2013

A government watchdog says the Veterans Affairs Department has been sending sensitive data—including electronic health records—over unencrypted networks, making them vulnerable to theft or misuse.

Office of the Courts was hacked

May 9, 2013

The Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts has been hacked, and up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and 1 million driver's license numbers may have been accessed during the data breach of its public website.

Official describes rampant computer hacking at VA

June 4, 2013

(AP)—A former computer security chief at the Department of Veterans Affairs is telling lawmakers that at least eight foreign-sponsored organizations have hacked into the department's computer networks in recent years or ...

Recommended for you

US ends bulk collection of phone data

November 30, 2015

The US government has halted its controversial program to collect vast troves of information from Americans' phone calls, a move prompted by the revelations of former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.