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Attack that hit US Postal Service described as 'very sophisticated'

The USPS breach was conducted by a "very sophisticated" attack, likely by a state-sponsored hacker group
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 8:40 pm

The cyberattack that recently targeted the US Postal Service, affecting 800,000 employees nationwide, was a "very sophisticated" attack that is likely tied to the Chinese government. While there haven't been confirmed cases of identity theft, it appears names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and other personal information were stolen in the breach.




Meanwhile, Congress wants faster notification of a data breach from the USPS and other agencies - a strong likelihood considering the growing sophistication of cyberattacks. No one has claimed responsibility for the USPS data breach, and government officials didn't want to publicly comment on which group they believe is behind the attack.


"At this time, we do not believe that Postal Service transactional revenue systems in Post Offices, as well as on where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards, were affected by this incident," said Randy Meskanic, USPS cybersecurity official, during a recent testimony. "There is no evidence that any customer credit card information from retail or online purchases, change of address or other services was compromised."


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