Savannah River Site employees have been affected by a cyber identity theft incident that includes approximately 104,000 Department of Energy past and present federal employees.
“SRS employees are impacted, but I don't have a total number,” DOE-SR representative James Giusti wrote in an email. “Some contractor employees and some DOE retirees are also impacted.”
DOE learned of the incident in July and sent notification letters to employees on Oct. 15. It is not completely clear as to why there was a three-month delay between the incident and the notification.
“I am not 100 percent sure on this but I believe it took them some time to figure who was affected,” Giusti added.
The Energy Department confirmed that names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth were all compromised by the incident.
The letter is offering affected employees free credit monitoring for a year to help defend against identity theft. According to the DOE website, individuals should assume it is unlikely their information was compromised if they did not receive a letter by Oct. 15.
After receiving a notification, affected individuals can enroll in the offered credit monitoring service, using the activation code found in their notification, by visiting www.protectmyid.com/enroll, or calling 877-441-6943.
“The Department's Cybersecurity office, the Office of Health, Safety and Security and the Inspector General's office are working with other federal law enforcement to investigate this incident,” DOE stated on its website. “Once the full nature and extent of this incident is known, the Department will implement a full remediation plan.”
The website includes tips for employees to figure out if they have been affected by the incident.
For more information, visit http://1.usa.gov/Hh565S.
There was also a breach of information at SRS back in March that affected more than 12,000 workers. However, it appears the two are unrelated.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.