Watchdog: FEMA Wrongly Released Personal Data of Victims
The Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General has discovered a massive data breach at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), affecting 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes and wildfires. FEMA exposed sensitive personal information to a contractor without there being a legitimate reason for sharing the data.
The exposed data included bank information, which could by used by cybercriminals to commit identity theft and fraud. However, FEMA claims that an investigation into the matter found no evidence of the data on the contractor’s systems having been compromised. The contractor is currently in the process of deleting the exposed information with the assistance of FEMA.