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Hackers may have stolen personal information of 14,000 DOE employees, agency says

Aug. 19, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
The Department of Energy said it will notify affected employees through Aug. 30 and provide them information and assistance on how to protect themselves from identity theft.
The Department of Energy said it will notify affected employees through Aug. 30 and provide them information and assistance on how to protect themselves from identity theft. (Staff file photo)

Hackers may have obtained the personal information of up to 14,000 past and present Energy Department employees, according to an internal email sent to agency employees Aug. 14.

The agency will notify affected employees through Aug. 30 and provide them information and assistance on how to protect themselves from identity theft, according to the email. Those affected will also receive free credit monitoring for a year.

Federal News Radio first reported the breach on Friday. The agency said no classified data was targeted. It added that once the agency finds out more about the attack, it will implement a full remediation plan.

“The Department’s Cybersecurity office, the Office of Health, Safety and Security and the Inspector General’s office are working with other federal law enforcement to obtain information concerning the nature of the incident,” the agency said in an email.

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