FEMA Exposes PII for Millions of Hurricane, Wildfire Survivors


The Federal Emergency Management Agency exposed the personal identifiable information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017, by oversharing survivor data with a contractor when it wasn’t necessary.

Worse, the contractor’s networks has unpatched vulnerabilities that would allow an adversary access to that information.

Through the TSA program, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides transitional sheltering in hotels to disaster survivors displaced by emergencies. It also hires local contractors to administer the program and verify that the applications for those shelter services are approved when victims show up to check into their accommodations.

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Source: ThreatPost