Thursday, June 28, 2012

CFTC hacked: But don't worry, I'm sure they'll never get to your super-secret health records

Not to worry: it's only the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that got hacked, which regulates the nation's derivatives market.

Breach At U.S. Regulatory Agency Puts Employee Data At Risk

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which governs the nation's derivatives markets, has disclosed that it suffered a data breach in May, exposing the Social Security numbers and personal information of its employees.

According to a news report about the CFTC breach, an employee ath the commission received a phishing email on May 21 and input information into a fraudulent website. A third party was then able to illegally enter the employee’s account, which had access to personnel information, according to a copy of an email sent to agency employees that described the incident.

"The email account contained emails and attachments with the names, Social Security numbers, and possibly other sensitive personally identifiable information of certain individuals," according to the email description.

But I'm sure the hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats involved in health care will never click on a phishing email and expose Americans' most sensitive medical records.

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