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May 05, 2007

TSA Loses Hard Drive With 100,000 Employees Personal Data

Posted in: Homeland Security


Imagine you were the federal agency that was in charge of making sure that the borders and entry points of the country were safe. You know terrorists are looking to find ways to infiltrate your organization and coerce, bribe, or blackmail your employees to circumvent the regulations to cause grievous harm to the country.

Don’t you think that having the personal data of 100,000 employees of the TSA on a hard drive that was accessible a major security breech unto itself. And to now have lost the data is putting national security at risk. These employees of the Transportation Security Administration are now in someones hands who it should not be.

If that person is a bad guy, then we are in a heap of danger. They can find the weak link in the chain, coerce that person by whatever means to do their dirty work, and potentially help another commit a 9/11 type tragedy to happen.

Come on TSA, get you act together.

Authorities realized Thursday the hard drive was missing from a controlled area at TSA headquarters. TSA Administrator Kip Hawley sent a letter to employees Friday apologizing for the lost data and promising to pay for one year of credit monitoring services.
“TSA has no evidence that an unauthorized individual is using your personal information, but we bring this incident to your attention so that you can be alert to signs of any possible misuse of your identity,” Hawley wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press. “We profoundly apologize for any inconvenience and concern that this incident has caused you.”
The agency said it did not know whether the device is still within headquarters or was stolen. via FOXNews.com

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