The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) US agency in charge of secure IT and communication for the White House has disclosed a data breach.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the DoD agency that is in charge of the security of IT and telecommunications for the White House and military troops has suffered a cyber attack.
The agency sent a data breach notification to its employees last week informing them of a security breach that took place last year between May and July.
Hackers accessed employees’ personal details, including social security numbers. DISA is investigating the incident with federal authorities and is now offering free credit monitoring to all impacted individuals.
At the time it is not clear how many employees of the DISA agency have been impacted, the agency did not share any details on the incident for obvious reasons.
This kind of attacks could have severe consequences on homeland security, attackers could used the stolen data to carry out targeted attacks in the future with the intent of breach DoD networks.
This isn’t the first time that the DoD suffered a data breach, in October 2018 the Defense Department’s travel records was hacked and attackers compromised the personal information and credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel.
The data breach could have happened some months before and could have affected as many as 30,000 military and civilian personnel.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.