Department of Homeland Security - data breach
by Kirsten Dunlaevy
February 27, 2014
In January 2014, Homeland Security has been breached by hackers, ironically. A web portal for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security containing private and financial documents for more than 110 organizations was hacked. Apparently the companies affected had bid on a Science and Technology contract for a division within Homeland Security. The source is currently undetermined. Homeland Security responded to the hack attack is an efficient and honest manner, a refreshing change from recent vague disclosures by big brands such as Neiman Marcus. Each affected organization received a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) privacy officer advising them that “their bank account information may have been improperly accessed”. Homeland Security has been able to identify exactly how many of the documents housed on the web portal were accessed, as well as which organization’s bank information was exposed. It’s rare that companies suffering from a hack are able to provide their victims with such specific information as to what data was stolen or accessed.Responses such as these should be the way forward. How can we expect to recover what was stolen without all of the details? Companies need to start taking responsibility and help their victims recover.