SC Magazine: Massive data leak in US Air Force exposes details of 4,000+ officers

March 15, 2017 —Massive data leak in US Air Force exposes details of 4,000+ officers

An unnamed lieutenant colonel’s unsecured backup drive is the alleged cause of leak which exposed the private personal details of over 4000 US Air Force Officers.

Thousands of classified documents from the US Air Force (USAF) were accidentally left open for anyone on the internet to see, according to security researchers.

The details of over 4,000 USAF officers were discovered by researchers working at MacKeeper. This included information on personnel such as names, ranks, addresses and social security numbers.

Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security:

“Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security told SC that this is a serious data leak, which allows nation states to target high-value military personnel for additional attacks and surveillance.

“If that weren’t bad enough, this highly detailed data could potentially be combined with stolen personal data from other data breaches already available on the dark web to create rich profiles of these individuals,” he said.

“Such profiles can be leveraged by cyber-criminals and nation-state actors to not only track military personnel, but also use their real identities for account takeovers, apply for new credit, and much more. The military personnel involved in this incident should immediately request a credit freeze with the major credit bureaus, and keep close track of account activity through commercial credit monitoring services, or monitoring of their own accounts.”

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