The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) has disclosed a data breach that exposed the personal information of current and former employees and their beneficiaries.
USAGM is a US government agency whose mission is to "inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy." USAGM operates broadcast networks, such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, and Middle East Broadcasting Networks, to deliver news and information to people worldwide.
In a data breach notification by former Voice of America White House correspondent Dan Robinson, USAGM discloses that they suffered a data breach after falling for a phishing attack in December 2020.
This phishing attack allowed a threat actor to access an agency email account containing the personal information of current and former USAGM, Voice of America, and Office of Cuba Broadcasting employees who worked at the agency between 2013 and 2020.
The exposed information includes full names and Social Security numbers of employees and possibly their beneficiaries and dependents.
USAGM states that they secured the affected account once they learned of the breach and began providing phishing education to staff members.
Affected people should watch out for potential phishing scams utilizing the stolen data and warn their family members to be on the lookout as well.
Full article on https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-agency-for-global-media-data-breach-caused-by-a-phishing-attack/
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