APEC committee alerted to possible data breach (updated)

Dan Nakaso reports:

Members of Honolulu’s APEC Host Committee who represent some of Hawaii’s biggest companies and institutions have been told their personal information may have been stolen after security clearances were requested for them to meet with President Barack Obama Saturday night during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

East-West Center President Charles Morrison sent letters dated Tuesday to about 40 APEC Host Committee members informing them of a security breach caused by “an outside source using unusually sophisticated methods that escaped our detection capabilities.”

Read more on Star Advertiser (subscription required).  I’ll try to find another source on this that’s not behind a paywall.

Update:  OK, here we go.  Associated Press reports that host committee members’ details, such as dates of birth and Social Security numbers may have been acquired, although there’s not even confirmation that the files were accessed:

East-West Center spokeswoman Karen Knudsen told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/tLodee) Thursday someone likely gained “unauthorized access” to eight of their computers beginning Oct. 25.

Read more on The Republic.

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