Employee and Customer Center Data Compromised in U.S. Postal Service Data Breach
The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced on Monday that employee and call center data has been compromised in a data breach.
Personal information including addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers were compromised in the breach. Customers who used the USPS website, including those who used the site to schedule and pay for shipments, are not affected by the data breach.
However, customers who contacted the USPS customer care center either by phone or email between Jan. 1 and Aug. 16, 2014 are affected. Compromised data in these cases includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and any other information provided by customers.
In a statement released on Monday, the Postal Service said that, at this time, it does not believe that affected customers need to take any special action as a result of the breach.
USPS employees impacted by the data breach will be offered free credit monitoring services.
The Postal Service did not specify when it discovered the data breach, but said that its systems were offline on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 for upgrades to prevent further cyber intrusion.