Army Families’ Private Information Compromised After GSA Security Breaches
Medical histories, social security numbers, home addresses and child daycare information of at least 82 families were viewed by unauthorized people. As many as 8,000 families’ personal information might also have been compromised.
The private information of at least 82 U.S. Army families has been compromised as a result of two security breaches of the federal General Services Administration (GSA).
NBC Washington reports the medical histories, social security numbers, home addresses and child daycare information of the families were viewed by unauthorized people or contractors. Additionally, at least 8,000 families’ private information might also have been compromised.
The Army families were all a part of the U.S. Army Fee Assistance program, which serves 9,000 families. The program has been under fire recently for late subsidy payments, which in one case led to an Army parent declaring personal bankruptcy, according to the report. Managers of the program and GSA were even brought before Congress earlier in September.
In response to the breach, the GSA has offered credit monitoring services to all families in the program.
“GSA takes its responsibility for the welfare of our military families seriously and understands it is critically important that GSA improve the operations of the Army Fee Assistance program,” a GSA spokeswoman said. “GSA apologizes to all of the Army families who have suffered frustrations and financial hardships.”
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