FEMA exposed personal information of 2.3 million disaster victims

Caroline Linton reports:

FEMA mistakenly exposed personal information, including addresses and bank account information, of 2.3 million disaster victims, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General said in a report released Friday. The breach occurred because FEMA did not ensure a private contractor only received information it required to perform its official duties, the report said.

The victims affected include survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires.

The report found FEMA’s failure to protect their data put them at risk of identity theft and fraud.

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