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Bureau of Indian Affairs Warns 20,000 Tribal Members of Possible Data Breach

Stolen device

The Bureau of Indian Affairs recently notified more than 20,000 members of Montana’s Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribes their personal information may have been compromised.

Tribal members’ unencrypted names, addresses, birthdates and tribal enrollment information were on an external hard drive stolen from a bureau vehicle last month, a bureau spokeswoman confirmed to NBC KULR-8.

In a letter to tribal members, BIA Director Walter Loudermilk wrote he was confident the hard drive wasn’t accessed. The Big Horn County sheriff’s office will investigate the incident.

sector

Government (U.S.)

reported

February 15, 2017

reported by

NBC KULR-8

number affected

20,000

location of breach

Montana, United States

perpetrators

Criminals

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

2017/01

date breach detected

2017/01