A data breach at the U.S. Marshals Service uncovered the personal information of present and onetime hostages, TechCrunch has learned.
A letter sent to those affected, and obtained by TechCrunch, said the Justice Department apprise the U.S. Marshals on December 30, 2019 of a data breach affecting a public-facing server store personal information on current and onetime prisoners in its detention. The letter said the breach may have included their address, appointment of birth and Social Security number, which can be used for name fraud.
But the notice didn’t say how many current and former captives are affected by the breach.
As the law enforcement arm of the federal courtrooms, U.S. Marshals are tasked with capturing fugitives and helping federal arrest warrants. Last time, U.S. Marshals arrested more than 90,000 deserters and acted over 105,000 warrants.
A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment by email or phone.
It’s the latest federal government security lapse in recent weeks.
The Defense Information Arrangements Agency, a Dept. of Defense division charged with providing technology and communications support to the U.S. government — including the president and other senior officials — said a data infringement between May and July 2019 were successful in the steal of hires’ personal information.
Last month, the Small Business Administration admitted that 8,000 entrants, who applied for an emergency lent after facing financial difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic, had their data exposed.
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