News has surfaced that the U.S. Marine Corps has suffered a data leak, impacting 21,426 people. Personal data including bank accounts numbers, social security numbers, credit card information and mailing addresses were all exposed after an unencrypted email with an attachment containing personal confidential information was sent to the wrong email distribution list. Paul Edon, Director at Tripwire commented below.
Paul Edon, Director at Tripwire:
“With potentially highly confidential data stored on military systems, it is imperative that these systems are performing regular threat assessments. This includes examining the level of admin privileges granted to individuals to avoid accidental data leaks occurring again. To reduce further exploitation, victims must change passwords and account details immediately. With critical personal and financial data exposed it is strongly recommended victims continuously check their bank accounts and monitor for potential signs of identity theft, which in the moments after the breach, is when individuals are most vulnerable.”