By JOAN LOWY
February 9, 2009
WASHINGTON - Hackers broke into the Federal Aviation Administration's
computer system last week, accessing the names and Social Security
numbers of 45,000 employees and retirees.
The agency said in a statement Monday that two of the 48 files on the
breached computer server contained personal information about employees
and retires who were on the FAA's rolls as of the first week of February
The server that was accessed was not connected to the operation of the
air traffic control system and there is no indication those systems have
been compromised, the statement said.
"The FAA is moving quickly to prevent any similar incidents and has
identified immediate steps as well as longer-term measures to further
protect personal information," the statement said. The agency said it is
providing a toll-free number for employees "who believe they may be
affected by the breach."
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