Monday, August 19, 2013

Hackers break into Energy's computer networks, put employees at risk

More than 14,000 current and former Energy Department employees are at risk of identity theft. For a second time this year, DoE confirmed hackers broke into its unclassified computer network, which disclosed employees' personally identifiable information (PII).

"Individual notifications to affected current employees will begin no later than this Friday, Aug. 16, and will be completed by Aug. 30," stated an internal Energy Department email sent to employees earlier this week, which was obtained by Federal News Radio. "While a significant number of employees whose information may have been affected may no longer be employed by the department, it will be necessary to obtain current contact information in order to notify these personnel. The individual notification process for former employees will begin this week."

DoE told employees it is working with federal law enforcement agencies to find out more about the hacking incident, which happened at the end of July.

"No classified data was targeted or compromised," the email stated. "Once the full nature and extent of this incident is known, the department will implement a full remediation plan."


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