The Associated Press reports that the personal data of Mississippi National Guard members was compromised.
The Mississippi National Guard is investigating the extent of a security breach after nearly 3,000 active members’ personnel records, including social security numbers, were posted online for several weeks. […]
[Tim Powell, a spokesman for the National Guard,] said the website can no longer be accessed.
The National Guard and the AP were notified about the breach by Aaron Titus, information privacy director of Liberty Coalition, a Washington-based policy institute. […]
The administrative records belonged to the 155th Brigade Combat Team, and were compiled at various times between 2006 and 2008, including while the brigade was deployed in Iraq, Titus said.
The files contained 2,674 unique names and 2,672 social security numbers, he said. Other breached information included dates of birth, security clearance data, ranks and pay grades and home and cell phone numbers. […]
The files had been online since Sept. 10, posted on the brigade team’s Sharepoint website, which was insecure and didn’t require a password to access.