Saturday, August 27, 2005

Air Force Files Hacked

According to an article by Abe Levy (Associated Press) someone hacked into a military database. The database had personnel information (including Social Security Numbers) for about 33,000 Air Force personnel.

Thus far, no identity theft has been reported and all personnel affected have been notified. According to the article, the information was obtained by someone who had a password to the system. It doesn't seem that a lot of skill went into this and probably was the result of an insider gone bad.

In the past year, we have seen a multitude of large data intrusions in the private sector. Here is a link to one of several posts, I've done on this subject.

This is another indicator that these data intrusions, which seem to be rampant recently, need to be paid attention to. Besides threatening the financial stability of the free world, they could even lead to a National Security threat.

To read the article from the AP, click on the title of this post.

1 comment:

Melanie Roum said...

What I have heard is that there is research being done on security issues using the iris of the eye. I know of a company that is working on a PDA system that you can use to pay for items, and I believe the government uses iris recognition technology. Soon it will be used worldwide, instead of credit cards and so on.