Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross recipients’ Social Security numbers exposed on contractor’s server

Joe Gould reports:

A defense contractor’s data breach left vulnerable the Army’s most highly decorated soldiers when a comprehensive awards database — including Social Security numbers — was available online, Army Times has learned.

The exposed database contains 31 Social Security numbers for six MoH recipients — including former Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta and Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry and four posthumous recipients — and 25 Distinguished Service Cross recipients since Sept. 11, 2011.

“That super sucks,” Giunta said when notified by Army Times. “It’s like an attack on America.”

The database, which contains 518 records of award recipients, appeared to have been accessed online by an employee of Brightline Interactive, a creative services firm in Alexandria, Va.

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