The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disclosure that the information of 46,000 U.S. service people recently was breached through an apparent social engineering scheme underscores the need for government vigilance even when a significant investment has been made in state-of-the-art protection.
Security experts said the relatively low number of impacted accounts – in comparison the 2015 U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach affected 21.2 million – suggested the VA’s internal monitoring might have quickly detected something was awry so the agency could mitigate before hackers tampered with far more records.
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