Air Force notifies personnel of security breach

By Derek Sooman on August 23, 2005, 2:11 PM
The U.S. Air Force is notifying more than 33,000 airmen of a security breach in an online system containing their personal information after an attacker used a legitimate user's login information to access the online Assignment Management System (AMS). AMS is used for assignment preferences and career management, and contains some personal information such as birth dates and Social Security numbers and so forth. Seemingly, the attacker accessed about half of the officer force's individual information. So far, only a handful of noncommissioned officers seem to have been affected.

Air Force Personnel Center officials alerted Air Force and federal investigators of unusally high activity on a single user's account, prompting the breach notifications.

Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC commander, said in a statement that airmen were notified as quickly as possible.

"We notified the individuals involved outlining what happened and how they can best insulate themselves from this potential risk," he said. "We've taken steps to increase our system security. We're working with the Air Force agencies to identify vulnerabilities. We must keep our data protected."




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smtkr said:
I don't mean to nitpick, but how can an officer be noncommissioned? As far as I know, all commissioned military personel are officers (i.e. 2nd lt. or higher). Did you mean to say enlisted personel?
Mikael said:
smtkr, the NCOs are something like officers (a lot of times they do similar duties).The key differences are that the NCOs don't have a college degree and haven't gone to OTS.
tedster said:
Both of you are wrong. A Commissioned officer is one who has a college degree and has received a commission from the President to lead units. i.e. 2LT and higher. Commissioned officers lead units, plan for battles, and establish policy and training directives.A NON-Commissioned officer is one who may or may not have a college degree and has graduated a non-commissioned officers academy. A NCO is commonly known as a sergeant or petty officer (Navy). NCOs, take the orders given by commissioned officers and ensure they are carried out. It is the responsibility of NCOs (not commissioned officers) to train soldiers, ensure their welfare, and take care of assigned equipment. MANY NCOs have college degrees. I am a staff sergeant in the Army and hold two degrees. A WARRANT officer (Navy, USMC, ARMY) has received a WARRANT from the president to hold a techical position. They are a unique position between NCOs and Commissioned officers and either highly skilled techinicians above an NCO or a pilot.They are treated in the same courtesy as commissioned officers. WARRANT officers do not lead units unless in emergency situations. They are consultants to commissioned officers.
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