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DOE reveals data disclosure involving 12,000 workers

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:44 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:49 AM
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Federal authorities are investigating a security breach in which personal information from at least 12,000 Savannah River Site workers was compromised last month.

“Initial indications are that this disclosure was not the result of a cyber-intrusion and no classified data was compromised,” the U.S. Department of Energy said in a statement.

The matter has been referred to the department’s Office of Inspector General, and affected workers are being advised of the situation.

Those workers are urged “to be vigilant in monitoring financial transactions and emails or phone calls relating to such personal transactions” and to use a special e-mail account to ask further questions.

In a memo to employees, DOE-Savannah River Site Manager David C. Moody III said the matter is being taken very seriously and will be fully investigated at the local and national levels.

“Environmental Management is working to promptly gather detailed information on the nature and scope of the incident and assess the potential impacts to DOE staff and contractors,” the memo said.

The department is also evaluating additional security technologies to prevent similar breaches in the future.

Those initiatives include “working with public and private sector partners to further harden our networks; conducting deep network scans to ensure that no malware was installed; and reviewing cost-effective, technical solutions that enable stronger data protection.”

The unauthorized disclosure of the personal data was identified by the site’s Cyber Security Team.

Savannah River Site has a long history of making nuclear weapons materials. Today, much of its activity involves environmental management programs to clean up nuclear waste.

Also at SRS are the Savannah River National Laboratory, which conducts a host of research projects; and National Nuclear Security Administration facilities that supply and process tritium gas used in nuclear warheads.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/19/13 - 07:41 pm
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Mr. Pavey, Does this include

Mr. Pavey,
Does this include former workers or just current workers? Get back to me. Thanks.

WeAreAllInfected
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WeAreAllInfected 03/19/13 - 08:30 pm
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Same question.

I have the same question. Also the cyber security team there is a joke.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/19/13 - 09:35 pm
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WeAreAllInfected: Yes!

WeAreAllInfected: Yes! Thank you! The whole time I was there that idiot cyber security team made our lives hell by coming up with meaningless and ineffective computer rules. Now it looks like that while they were focusing on trivial matters, they were dropping the ball on the important stuff the entire time. Just watch, they'll all get big raises when this is over.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 03/20/13 - 07:19 am
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the number of workers exposed here is......

12,000 workers is more than the entire site employment so it is likely both past and current workers' data is involved. they are not answering those questions right now, but of course I will keep asking. I am told affected workers are being notified, so if you are concerned - and once worked there - you may not be involved if they haven't contacted you. They have also established an email hotline for workers to submit questions about the issue. That address, I am told, is PIIinfo@srs.gov so perhaps that will help.

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bdouglas 03/20/13 - 08:18 am
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"...no classified data was

"...no classified data was compromised" Translation: Don't worry, OUR data is safe, it's just YOURS that was compromised...

If this was not the result of a "cyber-intrusion", then what does that mean? Was this information leaked by an employee? Did someone walk in and physically take a bunch of personnel files or what? Talk about them being shady about what they're telling us...

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/20/13 - 11:02 am
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Mr. Pavey,Thanks for the

Mr. Pavey,
Thanks for the info. And please don't let this story drop. Hold their feet to the fire and make that cyber security team accountable! Here are some other items that, if you investigate, will enhance your reporting:
The cyber security team won awards for excellence from DOE for keeping SRS' computer system safe. They now have gone from excellent to just plain awful. What happened?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 03/20/13 - 11:32 am
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This was not a

This was not a "cyber-intrusion", so the cyber security team would've had nothing to do with this (though I agree on everyone else's assessment of them in my past experience there). How was this data "compromised"? Did a bunch of employee records get sent for shredding and got dumped at a landfill instead? Did someone take records off site that they shouldn't have? What happened?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/20/13 - 11:39 am
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INITIAL assessment was that

INITIAL assessment was that it is not a cyber intrusion. Let's see how this plays out. Remember this is SRNS and the federal government. Oh wait a minute, never mind. They would never spin a story, cover up or lie. If you've ever worked there, you know that there is nothing like SRS damage control.

wildman
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wildman 03/20/13 - 09:20 pm
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Federal Govt.

The Dept of Energy needs to step up and accept responsibility or give an explanation of what happened. If they (DOE) has not released a statement blaming SRNS then they must have some responsibility for this screw up. Just saying, I have been wrong before.

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