Protecting Your Personal Information

Your Personal Information: Protecting it From Exploitation


Protecting Your Personal Information from Exploitation
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Data breaches involving personal information result in a broad range of risks to individuals and organizations.  This includes identity theft, targeting of individuals with knowledge of sensitive government information and internal business processes, and other intelligence activities that use personal information of U.S. citizens to undermine national security.

It is in our collective interest that we take actions to limit the risk of our personal information being exploited, and that we are able to recognize any indicators that we may be the target of such activities.

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Confirmation that your personal information has been accessed in a data breach is not a guarantee that your information will be misused or that you will be targeted for further exploitation.  However, it is important to remain mindful of the risk of such misuse or exploitation. 

The following information is provided to raise your awareness to this possibility and to help you understand how your personal information may be used by foreign intelligence services, and other “bad actors” (extremists, criminals, hackers, and the like).

The information below is provided to raise awareness and provide guidance for mitigating risks; it is not intended to indicate that the government has observed particular adverse effects from data compromises.

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To protect yourself and your family, we urge all affected individuals to exercise caution and remain vigilant to any events appearing out of the ordinary or suspicious.

If you believe you have observed activity related to a personal data compromise or suspect your personal information has been exploited, report your concern as soon as possible to your security office.

The appropriate Federal government sites may also be used to report specific incidents:

  • Report any suspected instances of identity theft to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at
  • If you notice fraudulent activity, go to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website ( or and complete an ID theft complaint form and place a fraud alert on your credit report.
  • Report unexplained activity related to criminal behavior to the local police department.  Provide them with a copy of the FTC form and request a copy of the police report.


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