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Hackers steal personal data of 36k people at Fort Monmouth

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Hackers breached the Army database and gained accessed to personal data of more than 36,000 people connected to Army commands formerly based at Fort Monmouth, according to Asbury Park Press report.

An Army spokesperson said the information includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and salaries ,

The security breach was discovered on December 6th , and the affected databases were taken offline immediately and have not been put back online.

The officials declined to identify the affected database because of ongoing investigation. The Army is offering free credit monitoring services for a year to those affected by the breach.

The security breach may have affectedCommunications-Electronics Command (CECOM), C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and nongovernmental personnel as well as persons who may have visited Fort Monmouth.

Computer Tapes stolen~5 Million US Soldiers, Family Members Identity in risk

A computer Tapes contains the information about 5 Million Soldiers, Family Members were stolen from a car belonging to an employee of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), a large military contractor that runs medical centers for soldiers and their families.

“The employee was responsible for transporting the tapes between federal facilities in San Antonio, Texas,” Vernon Guidry, a spokesman for SAIC.

The tapes contained the medical records of 4.9 million patients at hospitals and military clinics in the San Antonio are from 1992 through Sept. 2, 2011, as well as patients elsewhere whose lab work and pharmacy prescriptions were handled by San Antonio-area facilities, according to a written statement by Tricare, a Defense Department health care program.

Also included were patients’ addresses, phone numbers, lab tests, prescriptions and clinical notes. The tapes did not contain any financial information like bank account numbers.

To view the data, the thief would need have specific hardware and software, plus knowledge of the data system’s structure, making it unlikely that the information could be accessed or misused.

“There is no indication that the data has been accessed by unauthorized persons,” Tricare said in its statement.

Tricare plans to send letters to all the victims of the data breach over the next four to six weeks.