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Boeing Employee Emails 36,000 Coworkers’ Personal Info to Spouse

Accidentally leaked credentials; Misplaced data

Boeing has started notifying the 36,000 employees whose personal information was mistakenly leaked via email, according to Threatpost.

A Boeing employee had a problem formatting a spreadsheet and emailed it to his spouse for help, wrote Boeing Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Marie Olson in a letter to the Washington State attorney general notifying the state of the data breach.

The spreadsheet contained names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, and other accounting code and employee identification information—but tucked away in “hidden” columns. The employee sent the email Nov. 21, though it wasn’t discovered until January.

Boeing is offering employees two years of identity protection services.

sector

Defense Industrial Base

reported

February 27, 2017

reported by

Threatpost

number affected

36,000

location of breach

Unknown

perpetrators

Employee

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

2016/11/21

date breach detected

2017/01/09