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Major US Postal Service breach hits millions of employees, customers

More than 750,000 employees and millions of USPS customers hit by data breach
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 10, 2014 8:57 pm

The United States Postal Service confirmed a data breach that affected more than 800,000 employees and customers that called its data center from January to August 2014. The compromised employee data includes names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers, employment timeline and emergency contact information, but the data intrusion was relatively "limited in scope."

 

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The unknown attackers wanted to breach the USPS network - and used a sophisticated cyberattack - but it appears credit card data and identity theft weren't the goals of the breach. However, the USPS is a lucrative target for foreign-based hackers, as there is a significant amount of information available, security experts say.

 

Here is what the USPS said in a statement: "Postal Service transactional revenue systems in Post Offices as well as on usps.com where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards have not been affected by this incident. There is no evidence that any customer credit card information from retail or online purchases such as Click-N-Ship, the Postal Store, PostalOne!, change of address or other services was compromised."

NEWS SOURCES:Npr.org, Thenypost.files.wordpress.com

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