Getting an e-mail from your employer with the subject line “Cyber Incident” usually isn’t good news. Especially if you work for the U.S. Department of Energy and it’s the second time this year.
The Energy Department on Wednesday notified workers that a hack in late July exposed personal information, such as the names and Social Security numbers of current and past employees, and that 14,000 people may have been affected.
According to the e-mail, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the agency said “No classified data was targeted or compromised.” The department added that it’s working with federal law enforcement to find out more about the incident.
A person familiar with the matter told the Journal that hackers were able to gain access to a human resources system that included information like payroll data.