USPS Hacked in ‘Cybersecurity Intrusion’

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has fallen victim to a hack attack. The government service on Monday revealed what it referred to as a EUcybersecurity intrusionEU into some of its information systems. The good news is the hack is reportedly limited in scope and all of the post office services are up and running normally.

The postal service launched an investigation into the incident as soon as it became aware of the intrusion and is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as well as other federal and postal investigatory agencies that are also on the hunt for the intruders.

EUInformation potentially compromised in the incident may include personally identifiable information about employees, including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment, emergency contact information and other information,EU said David Partenheimer, Manager of Media Relations for USPS. EUPostal service transactional revenue systems in post offices as well as on usps.com where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards have not been affected by this incident.EU

What USPS Is Doing

There is no evidence that any customer credit card information from retail or online purchases such as Click-N-Ship, the Postal Store, PostalOne, change of address or other services was compromised, according to Partenheimer. However, the intrusion also compromised call center data for customers who contacted the postal service customer care center with inquiries via telephone or e-mail between January 1, 2014, and August 16, 2014, he noted.

EUThis compromised data consists of names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and other information for those customers who may have provided this information,EU Partenheimer said. EUAt this time, we do not believe that potentially affected customers need to take any action as a result of this incident.EU

Partenheimer reiterated the importance of the privacy and security of data entrusted...

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