SEC Workers Victimized In Thumb Drive Data Breach

By Andrew Scurria (July 26, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT) -- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission employees' Social Security numbers were exposed after a former worker unwittingly downloaded sensitive human resources data to a thumb drive, the agency recently disclosed, underscoring privacy risks posed by the ubiquitous devices.

The former SEC worker inadvertently downloaded information from agency personnel files that included employee names, birthdays and Social Security numbers onto a USB drive before taking a new job with a separate, unnamed federal agency, according to a July 8 letter sent to SEC employees by Chief Information Officer Thomas Bayer and obtained by Law360.

The data was then transferred from the thumb drive...

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