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What’s the latest fallout from the Colonial Pipeline hack?

Answer: Some employees’ personal information may have been compromised.

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Fuel holding tanks are seen at Colonial Pipeline's Linden Junction Tank Farm on May 10, 2021, in Woodbridge, New Jersey. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images/TNS)
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It seems the saga of the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack is never to end. Just when we were thinking maybe we wouldn’t hear any more about it — except as a cautionary tale — it was reported earlier this week that the company was sending breach notification letters to certain current and former employees.

According to TechRadar and confirmed by a company spokesperson to CNN, Colonial Pipeline has begun notifying current and former employees in writing that their personal information was accessed during the attack in May. The company has found that the DarkSide hackers who carried out the attack managed to obtain about 100GB of data on some 5,180 current and former employees.

The compromised data include full names, dates of birth, contact information, government-issued IDs and health-related information. The company is offering identity theft protection and credit monitoring to those affected, but they have to sign up by Oct. 31.
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