The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently revealed that it suffered a data breach
in May which may have put the information for about 700 employees at risk.
The incident came when a phishing email successfully duped a CFTC employee into putting sensitive data into a fraud site, according to a report from Bloomberg News
. As a result, a person on the other end of the site was able to access their email account, which had personal information for numerous employees.
"The e-mail account contained e-mails and attachments with the names, Social Security numbers and possibly other sensitive personally identifiable information of certain individuals," the CFTC announced, according to the news agency.
A CFTC spokesman also noted that it's not believed the incident exposed any trading or market data, and that law enforcement is involved in the case, the report said. Ondrej Krehel
, chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, writes a blog about the problems data breaches
pose for victimized consumers and organizations alike, and what can be done to reduce these concerns.
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