U.S. defense contractor sustains data breach

Share this article:

Employees for and applicants to the linguist program of Virginia-based defense contractor Northrop Grumman may have had their sensitive information compromised when a database was accessed by an unauthorized party.

How many victims? Unknown. Northrop Grumman employs more than 70,000 people, thousands of whom work as linguists, according to reports.

What type of personal information? Names, contact information, date of births, blood types, Social Security numbers and other government-issued identification numbers.

What happened? A database related to the linguist program was accessed by an unauthorized party.

What was the response? Northrop Grumman began an investigation.The affected database was taken offline and may no longer be accessed remotely. Letters were sent home to those who may have had information compromised. Northrop Grumman is offering a year of free identity protection services to victims and is taking steps to ensure a similar incident does not occur again.

Details: Following an investigation, unauthorized access to the database was said to have occurred between November 2012 and May 2013.

Quote: “We have no evidence at this time that any of the information has been further disclosed or used in an unauthorized manner as a result of this incident,” said Gregory Schmidt, a Northrop Grumman vice president. “We regret that this incident may affect you.”

Source: doj.nh.gov, New Hampshire Department of Justice, “Northrop Grumman (PDF),” Aug. 9, 2013.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

POLL

More in The Data Breach Blog

Backup hard drive stolen from law firm contained personal info

Social security numbers were among the information on a backup hard drive that was stolen from an employee of Imhoff and Associates, PC.

POS malware infections at two OTTO pizzeria locations in Maine

About 900 customers at two OTTO pizzeria locations in Portland, Maine, had payment card data compromised after POS malware was discovered on terminals.

Los Angeles-based health system breached; more than 500 patients affected

Personal information on more than 500 Cedars-Sinai Health System patients was compromised after a laptop was stolen from an employee's home.