Booz Allen says a former staffer downloaded employees’ personal data – TechCrunch

US government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton has revealed that a former staffer potentially downloaded tens of thousands of employees’ personal information from the company’s internal network.

The government and defense contractor said one of its employees, while still working for the company, downloaded a report containing the personal information of “active employees as of March 29, 2021.”

A copy of Booz Allen’s website archived in March 2021 said the company had 27,600 employees, many of whom are employed by the US government, military and intelligence agencies and have security clearances from high level.

The notice said the report downloaded by the employee contained “your name, Social Security number, compensation, gender, race, ethnicity, date of birth, and US government security clearance eligibility and status as of March 29.” of 2021”.

Booz Allen said the report containing the personal information was “improperly stored on an internal SharePoint site,” but did not say what circumstances led to the discovery of the data, only that he “recently learned” of the employee’s activity.

The data breach notice, filed with the California attorney general’s office this week, says the employee obtained the report on April 14, 2022. Booz Allen spokeswoman Jessica Klenk said the company learned of the breach. exhibition months later, on October 5.

The data breach notice said the now-former staffer acted “in direct contradiction” to company policies, but that the company “does not believe the individual intended to misuse personal information.” in the report to cause harm to Booz Allen employees.” .” It is unclear if the individual has been charged with any criminal offences.

Updated with comments from Booz Allen.

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