Breached: Personal Data of 237,000 US Government Employees

The personal information of approximately 237,000 current and former federal government employees has been exposed in a data breach at the U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT), According to Reuters. The breach targeted the system used for processing transit benefits called TRANServe, which reimburses government employees for some of their commuting expenses. It is unclear if any of the stolen data has been used for fraudulent purposes.

The USDOT reassured that transportation safety systems were not affected by the breach, but did not disclose the identity of the culprit. The department has frozen access to the transit benefit system while it investigates and secures the system.

The TRANServe system provides a maximum benefit allowance of $280 per month to federal employees for mass transit commuting costs. The investigation is ongoing, and it is uncertain if the exposed personal information will be used to commit identity theft or any other form of cybercrime.

This incident underscores the importance of safeguarding personal information and the potential consequences of failing to do so. It also highlights the need for both government and private organizations to take proactive measures to ensure the security of their systems and data.

Mary Carlos

Reporter, Cybersecurity
Mary Carlos covers the details of cyber security for Tictnews. She is a freelance technology journalist with over five years of industry experience, and worked as an editor on several news sites from 2018 to 2023. You can reach her at [email protected]

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