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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Defense Department Contractor Leaves 580,000 Military Records Open to Identity Theft

Another failure to keep military records secure has taken place. From Stars & Stripes:

Social Security numbers, addresses and medical files of more than 580,000 military households may have been left open to identity thieves by a Defense Department contractor processing Tricare records, officials announced Friday.

Science Applications International Corp. first learned of the problem on May 29 but just this week finalized details of what and whose information was potentially exposed. Company spokeswoman Connie Custer said so far investigators have not seen any evidence the information was stolen or abused.

But officials at SAIC have promised to notify all of the affected families and offer them free credit protection services. “The security failure is completely unacceptable and occurred as a result of clear violations of SAIC’s strong internal IT security policies,” company CEO Ken Dahlberg said in a statement Friday. “We let down our customers and the servicemembers whom we support. For this, we are very sorry.”

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