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Complex Cyber-Attack Exposes 123,000-plus SS Numbers

May 28, 2012

Washington, D.C. – Over 123,000 Social Security numbers were compromised after a contractor computer of an American savings plan firm for federal employees was hacked, reports said.

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) said that the cyber-attack was not disclosed until now, saying that the breach was discovered a month ago.

The computers of Serco Inc. were believed to be the target of the hacking. Serco Inc. is the third-party service provider that supports the computer systems of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

TSP is a defined contribution plan for civil service employees and retirees, as well as for the members of the uniformed service.

According to the TSP’s news release posted on its website, the FBI informed the FRTIB and Serco last month that in July 2011, a Serco computer was “subjected to an unauthorized access incident.”

The news release added that incident “resulted in the unauthorized access to the personal information of 123,201 TSP participants and payees.” After the TSP learned of the cyber-attack, it “took immediate steps to investigate and notify our participants and other affected individuals.”

Reports added that a separate computer attack exposed the Social Security numbers and Certain Thrift Savings plan data of 79,614 individuals.

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