Security breach leaves Richmond firefighters’ social security numbers exposed

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 21, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–Though the Richmond Fire Department spokesperson believes it was a mistake, a file containing all department Social Security numbers was exposed online.

A file was created that contained all department Social Security Numbers, it was a file created for users that needed access to the information, according to Lt. Robbie Hagaman. For example, if a fighter was injured, their personal infomration, including SSN, could be accessed.

But at some point security protocols may have been lost, he said, and this would go months back. The file was removed within one hour of being brought to their attention.

It’s not known yet just how many firefighters had their information exposed. They are working with IT to figure out when and by whom this file was created.

Lt. Hagaman also said they are looking at security protocols.

This file was only accessible to member of the Richmond Fire Department and no other city agency or employees.