Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 06, 2012
Robert M. Nelson, an ex-NASA/JPL scientist and several other employees were recently notified that due to a epochal data breach that they would be vulnerable to identity theft. According to a report released by NASA this month, a laptop used by a NASA headquarters employee was stolen from a parked car in Washington, DC on Halloween. The New York Times reports November 38th, 2012 that Robert M. Nelson along with 10,000 other current and past employees could be at risk of identity theft giving away personal information such as the employee's name, birth date, social security number, and background check information. The laptop apparently was password protected, but did contain unencrypted files which would be vulnerable if the password was decoded. The significance of Robert M. Nelson is that he sued NASA in 2007 stating that the agency's background checks for government contractors were unnecessary and violated their privacy rights. Other supporters noted with Nelson addressing that NASA would not be able to protect the confidential data that was required from each government contractor. According to a document released in October 2009 , the United States Government Accountability Office titled a report “NASA Needs to Remedy Vulnerabilities in Key Networks,” the Government Accountability Office noted that the agency had reported 1,120 security incidents in fiscal 2007 and 2008 alone. “To the extent that Robert Nelson looks like millions of other people working for firms employed by the federal government, this would seem to be a real problem,” stated Marc Rotenberg, the Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center regarding the identity thief situation.
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