The Securities and Exchange Commission has notified about 4,000 agency employees that their Social Security numbers and other payroll information were included in an unencrypted e-mail, The Los Angeles Times reports. A contractor at the department's National Business Center, which manages payroll, human resources and financial reporting for many federal agencies, sent the e-mail May 4 and neglected to properly encrypt the information. Additionally, software made to catch such errors failed to do so. A Department of the Interior spokesman said there is "no indication that the data was intercepted," however, and the agency has launched an investigation.
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