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123,000 Social Security numbers exposed following breach in computers of US' savings plan firm

May 26, 2012 - Washington

The contractor computer of an American savings plan firm for Federal employees has been breached in a complex cyber-attack, with over 123,000 Social Security numbers being compromised.

According to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), the FBI discovered the breach last month but wasn't disclosed until now.

The hacking is believed to be targeted against computers of Serco Inc., the company that runs the computer systems for the TSP. Initial information indicated that the hacking incident took place in July 2011.

"We sincerely, regret that this event occurred and will provide assistance and support to the affected individuals through a call center and credit monitoring," ABC News quoted Greg Long, Executive Director, FRTIB, as saying.

The FRTIB said that a separate group of 79,614 people had their Social Security numbers and some Thrift Savings Plan information taken.

"In April of 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informed the FRTIB and Serco that in July of last year, a computer belonging to Serco, a third party service provider used in support of the TSP, was subjected to an unauthorized access incident," the Thrift Savings Plan noted in a news release posted on their website.

"This incident resulted in the unauthorized access to the personal information of 123,201 TSP participants and payees. When the TSP learned of the cyber attack, we took immediate steps to investigate and notify our participants and other affected individuals," it added.


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