Risking Life and Identity To Serve Our Country

The personal details of over half a million US service personnel and their relatives may have been compromised by a Pentagon contractor according to this source. The risk comes from data that was sent unencrypted over the Internet which contained personal information including social security numbers, birth dates and health information.

The contract company at fault for this expects to spend at least between $7M – $9M dealing with the consequences of the lapse in their security protocol, but could end up spending more if incidents of identity theft start to occur.

In case you missed it, here is the Military personnel prime targets for ID theft article that appeared in USA Today last month telling us that 30 million of the more than 100 million personal records reported lost or stolen in the USA since 2006 were from active and retired service members.

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