A U.S. defense agency that provides information technology and communications support to the U.S. government, including the president and other senior officials, said its network may have been “compromised,”media TechCrunch reported. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) sent a letter to potential victims earlier this month warning that the agency’s systems were involved in a “data breach.”
The agency said in its letter that it believed the social security numbers and other sensitive information may have been compromised during a data breach between May 2019 and July 2019. However, it is not clear whether the data is stored in the classification system. DISA is a division of the U.S. Department of Defense with about 8,000 military personnel and contractors.
DISA spokesman Charles Pritchard confirmed the leak in an email to TechCrunch. “The Defense Information Systems Agency has begun sending letters to people whose personally identifiable information may have been compromised, informing them of the data breach in the agency’s managed systems,” Pritchard said. Although there is no evidence that any possible leaked PII was misused, DISA policy requires the agency to notify individuals whose personal data may have been compromised. “
“DISA has conducted a thorough investigation into the incident and taken appropriate steps to secure the network,” Mr Pritchard said. “
Reuters first reported the news.