By Robert McMillan
February 3, 2009
IDG News Service
Employees at federal security agencies are being notified that their
personal information may have been compromised after hackers planted a
virus on computer networks of government contractor SRA International
SRA began notifying its employees and all of its customers after
discovering the breach recently, company spokeswoman Sheila Blackwell
said today. The malicious software may have allowed hackers to get
access to data maintained by SRA, including "employee names, addresses,
Social Security numbers, dates of birth and health care provider
information," the Fairfax, Va.-based company said in a notification
posted at the Maryland attorney general's Web site.
The breach is embarrassing for SRA, a 6,600-employee technology
consulting company that sells cybersecurity and privacy services to the
federal government. The company wouldn't say which federal agencies were
affected by the breach, but in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
filings, it lists intelligence agencies and the U.S. Department of
Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. National
Guard among its clients.
The virus was apparently not detected by the company's antivirus
software, according to the notification letter. The company said that it
is investigating the incident with U.S. government and law enforcement
authorities and noted that it has worked with its antivirus vendor to
add the ability to detect the malware. SRA didn't say which virus had
infected its networks, but it said it believes that other companies may
have been hit by the same problem.
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