WASHINGTON – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the agency which provides deposit insurance to banks, is not immune from data theft. According to the reports, some 6,000 current and former FDIC employees have been informed that some of their sensitive personal data has been stolen. The agency’s letter said that the security was not lost due to a computer problem, leading some to speculate it may have been an inside job. Anyone who worked for the agency in July of 2002 is at risk, the paper reported, and the agency has determined that in a “small number of cases” the information was used to obtain fraudulent loans from the National Institutes of Health FCU. According to a spokesman for the agency, the investigation into the security breach had been going on since at least March 30, 2005. The FDIC’s Inspector General’s Office received a notification on March 30 that a small number of employees may have been the victims of fraud and the agency contacted the employees the very next day. Then, in the first week of June, the agency was notified by the FBI that its investigation had revealed that all employees of record as of July 2002 had data which had been compromised. At that point, the agency said, a letter was sent to all employees alerting them to the breach. The spokesman for the agency confirmed that the FDIC computers had not been hacked but said there was no information on which employee or employees may have been involved. The FDIC’s administration division is the part of the agency with responsibility and access to employee information. A former employee of the NIH FCU has been implicated in part of the theft for opening loans with some of the stolen information, according to press reports. The credit union has yet to comment on the reports.

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