On Friday, the US banking regulator told Congress about a potential “major information security incident” after it discovered that a former employee has downloaded a large number of files onto thumb drives before his retirement in November 2015.
According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, there was no evidence that suggests that the former employee has publicly disclosed the data neither he has misused it.
The Office of the Comptroller is tasked with protecting consumers and the regular activity on financial markets.
The banking regulator confirmed the former employee downloaded a large number of files onto two removable thumb drives, the stolen information was encrypted. According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the security breach was only detected last month after a routine security assessment.
The OCC reported that when the former employee was contacted by the Agency, he “was unable to locate or return the thumb drives to the agency.”
“The OCC has deemed the breach a “major incident” because the devices containing the information are not recoverable and more than 10,000 records were removed, the agency said.” reported the Reuters.
“An official familiar with the investigation declined to comment on a possible motive. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the case, noted that a large batch of unclassified personnel records were among the cache.”
Experts have downplayed the risks for the users arguing that the information was not released to unauthorized sources.It is quite frequent that employees or consultants report missing thumb drives containing sensitive data.
It is quite frequent that employees or consultants report missing thumb drives containing sensitive data.
Recently the National Security Agency went in the headlines again after a contractor was accused of having harvested high-confidential information from the Agency systems.
(Security Affairs – Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, security breach)