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Unsecured Marine email leaks sensitive data on more than 20,000 service members, civilians

A U.S. Marine assigned to the cyber security technician course, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School, work on an assignment at Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms, California, March 15, 2017. (Lance Cpl. Jose Villalobosrocha/Marine Corps)

The personal information of thousands of US Marines, sailors and civilians, all thanks to a data spillage sourced back to the US Marine Corps Reserve.

Around 21,426 people were compromised when an unencrypted email with confidential data -including social security numbers, bank electronic funds transfer and bank routing numbers, truncated credit card information, mailing address, residential address and emergency contact information- was sent to the wrong email directory on Monday morning.

The email was sent by the Defense Travel System, which assists military and civilian defense workers with travel itineraries and other travel-related issues.

The email “was very quickly noticed and email recall procedures were implemented to reduce the number of accounts that received it,” USMCR spokesman Major Andrew Aranda said.

According to the Marine Corps Times, the USMC has a hard job ahead of them, between surveying the damage and notifying all affected.

“The Marine Corps takes the protection of individual Marines’ private information and personal data very seriously, and we have steps in place to prevent the accidental or intentional release of such information,” Aranda said.

There is no way at this time to ascertain just how far the data has spread.

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