The FBI is investigating a data-security breach at the Transportation Security Administration involving the bank records and other personal data of 100,000 employees, including airport screeners and federal air marshals.
"This is considered serious," a Homeland Security official said on the condition of anonymity. "We've turned this place upside-down today to find the missing laptop."
However, the agency released a statement referring to the missing item as an external hard drive, and said officials on Thursday became aware it was missing from a controlled security area at the headquarters of its Office of Human Capital.
The files on the hard drive include the archived records of employees and their Social Security numbers, dates of birth, financial allotments and payroll information.
The TSA, which is responsible for securing U.S. airports and airline flights against terrorist hijackings, said last night it "immediately reported the incident to senior Department of Homeland Security and law-enforcement officials and launched an investigation."
Saturday, May 5, 2007
TSA data security breach
From the Washington Times:
Posted by Audrey Hudson at Saturday, May 05, 2007