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U.S. Workers Are on Alert After Breach of Data




U.S. Workers Are on Alert After Breach of Data
U.S. Workers Are on Alert After Breach of Data



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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/07breach.html 

By Ashley Southall
The New York Times
November 6, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Federal workers at the General Services Administration are 
on alert against identity theft after an employee sent the names and 
Social Security numbers of the agency=E2=80=99s entire staff to a private e-mail 
address.

The agency, which manages federal property, employs more than 12,000 
people. Officials apologized to employees for the incident in a letter 
dated Oct. 25 -- almost six weeks after the breach occurred. The agency 
said it had paid for employees to enroll in a one-year program to 
monitor their credit reports, along with up to $25,000 in identity theft 
insurance coverage.

The letter was signed by Casey Coleman, the chief information officer, 
and Gail Lovelace, the agency=E2=80=99s senior privacy official. Neither 
returned calls or e-mails for comment.

Sara Merriam, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in a statement on 
Wednesday: =E2=80=9CEnsuring the security of employee data is no small challenge 
in large organizations. We will continue to evolve our protocols to 
protect the employee information entrusted to us.=E2=80=9D

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