US Army National Guard reveals they, too, recently suffered data breach


Officials at the Army National Guard said Friday afternoon (best time to drop really bad news) that personal info on former and current members was exposed inadvertently by a contractor. Guardsmen were advised to check their personal credit reports for signs of any unauthorized activity.

The incident wasn't reported to be a hack, or the result of any malicious activity. Maj. Earl Brown, a National Guard Bureau spokesman, said a contract employee mistakenly transferred files containing personal information to a non-Department of Defense-accredited data center.

The incident affects personnel going back to 2004. It is not related to the recent Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach currently affecting over 20 million government employees.

The compromised Guardsmen data includes Social Security Numbers, Dates of Birth, and Home Addresses.

[WLTX, thanks RJCJR!]