Sirius Federal, a subsidiary of CDW-G, a major tech services giant, has experienced a cyberattack resulting in the compromise of thousands of individuals’ sensitive details, including medical records. The breach, discovered on August 2nd, 2023, targeted the company’s internal environment, affecting those associated with government contracts such as the General Services Administration and the Department of Defense’s Enterprise Software Initiative. Sirius Federal reported the incident to the Maine Attorney General, stating that 3,266 people were exposed, with the compromised data potentially serving as a basis for identity theft, spear phishing, and other fraudulent activities.
The information accessed by malicious actors could provide diverse attack vectors, posing serious risks to the affected individuals. As a response to the breach, Sirius Federal is offering victims two years of free credit monitoring and identity protection services. This incident highlights the growing threat landscape, especially for entities dealing with sensitive government contracts, and underscores the need for robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard personal and medical information. The subsidiary, acquired by CDW-G in 2021, is part of the larger CDW family, known for providing technology products and services to various sectors, with over 15,000 employees and reported revenues exceeding $23.7 billion in 2022.
While Sirius Federal takes steps to mitigate the impact on affected individuals, the broader implications of such cyberattacks extend to concerns about the security of government-related data. The breach notification underscores the evolving nature of cybersecurity challenges and the critical importance of organizations adhering to stringent reporting requirements to address data breaches promptly.