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TSP board assures accounts safe after cyber attack
Friday - 6/1/2012, 5:44pm EDT
The board that oversees the federal Thrift Savings Plan is providing an online FAQ to federal employees after the discovery last month that more than 123,000 TSP accounts had been compromised in a cyber attack.
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board said there is no indication the compromised information has been "misused or disclosed."
And the board reports that TSP.gov is secure.
In July 2011, a computer owned by TSP contractor Serco was accessed by an unauthorized party. FRTIB was notified of the attack by the FBI in April of this year.
The names, addresses and Social Security numbers of about 43,000 TSP participants were compromised, as were the Social Security numbers and TSP-related information of 80,000 others, according to FRTIB.
The board said it sent notification letters on May 25 to participants whose personal information was affected.
"The FRTIB and our service provider have been working to avoid future incidents. Steps taken include an immediate shutdown of the compromised computer, a response team that is conducting a systemwide review of all computer security procedures, and further enhanced computer security," according to the FAQ.
TSP participants who had personal information compromised have the option to enroll in a free credit monitoring service for one year through Kroll, Inc.