USPS Hacked: China Top Suspect In Hacking Of Postal Service Information

Amanda Lager

The United States Postal Service (USPS) was recently hacked. Private information on over 800,000 workers, including the postmaster general, was accessed by the hackers. Names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and addresses as well as other information about USPS workers comprised the stolen data.

According to USA Today, the USPS told Congress during classified briefings about being hacked on October 22 and November 7. Some USPS computers were hacked. David Partenheimer, the media relations manager for the USPS spoke on behalf of the organization in the press release issued Monday.

The intrusion is limited in scope and all operations of the Postal Service are functioning normally."

Edward Ferrara, an analyst with the technology research company Forrester, told USA Today that this could lead to future attacks.

If a relatively high-level employee at the post office starts sending out phishing attacks from address, it's a possible stepping-stone for attacks to get information of more value elsewhere."

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe was further quoted by the WashingtonPost regarding the hacked information.

It is an unfortunate fact of life these days that every organization connected to the Internet is a constant target for cyber intrusion activity. The United States Postal Service is no different. Fortunately, we have seen no evidence of malicious use of the compromised data and we are taking steps to help our employees protect against any potential misuse of their data."
Acting too quickly could have caused more data to be compromised."

[Photo Source: New York Post]