House management from each events is not easy solutions in regards to the “significant data breach” of DC Health Link leading to non-public knowledge like Social Security numbers of House individuals and their personnel being bought at the “dark web.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries wrote to DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Director Mila Kofman Wednesday, in quest of additional info at the information breach of DC Health Link, a medical health insurance market utilized by masses of congressional places of work.
“At this moment, the cause, size and scope of the data breach affecting DC Health Link could not be determined by the FBI,” the letter states.
“Thousands of House Members and employees from across the United States have enrolled in health insurance through DC Health Link for themselves and their families since 2014. The size and scope of impacted House customers could be extraordinary.”
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The letter notes that the breach of information contains non-public identifiable knowledge (PII), like Social Security numbers.
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“The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also informed us that they were able to purchase this PII, along with other enrollee information on the ‘dark web’ breached from your systems, including names of spouses, dependent children, their Social Security numbers, and home addresses,” the letter states.
“This breach significantly increases the risk that Members, staff, and their families will experience identity theft, financial crimes, and physical threats — already an ongoing concern.”
The letter notes that, “fortunately, the individuals selling the information appear unaware of the high-level sensitivity of the confidential information in their possession, and its relation to the Members of Congress.
“This will no doubt alternate as media stories extra extensively publicize the breach.”
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The House Chief Administrative Office emailed House staffers and members Wednesday informing them of the breach “exposing the Personal Identifiable Information (PII) of hundreds of enrollees.”
House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
In the email, the CAO gives information to members and staff about how to freeze their credit.
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“We are deeply desirous about DC Health Link’s information breach and the have an effect on on our individuals and personnel. We will proceed to keep up a correspondence any updates we obtain from legislation enforcement to impacted individuals and personnel,” a CAO spokesperson told Fox News Digital.
Senate staffers also received a similar memo from their “Senate Operations Center” regarding a breach.