Monday, May 07, 2007

Homeland Insecurity, Part Umpteen

The fine folks at the Department of Homeland Security -- you know, the ones suppose to protect us -- have lost a computer drive with personal info on 100,000 of their current and former workers.

Gotta make you stand a bit taller in your bare feet as you walk through airport metal detectors knowing that the guy checking your luggage is a prime candidate for identity theft.

The drive contains three and a half years of payroll data, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and bank account info.

You know, everything a terrorist would need to get a start here in America -- not to mention an airport security badge.

It's just the latest in a series of government security breaches on personal info. The worst being last year's loss of a Department of Veterans Affairs laptop with info on 26.5 million veterans and active duty service members. (WaPo)

1 comment:

Michael Durnack said...

The GAO report on Privacy - Lessons Learned about Data Breach Notification is already outdated after just being released. 78 pages filled with how to react when the "next" data breach occurs.

It contains a section on all the gov't breaches to date.

I expect Revision 1 of this document to be out by the end of the month.

I predict Revision 36 by the end of the year.

The GAO should spend time on a new document "Unsecured - where have all the hard drives gone?"