Whether its a national security threat or a just plain old larceny, a burglary last weekend of a pair of laptops from the Department of Homeland Securitys Transportation Worker Identification Credential office in New Haven, Conn., is reportedly under investigation by DHS and the FBI.
The New Haven office handles local applications for the Transportation Security Administrations (TSA) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) ID program. One of the stolen computers missing from the office handles applicant background-check information.
As of January, the TWIC ID is required for all workers or people conducting business at any U.S. port. It includes the individuals biometric fingerprint.
According to the report, DHS officials said the data on the laptops is encrypted, and is supposed to be deleted after its electronically submitted to the departments headquarters in Washington. Even so, the FBI told New Havens News Channel 8 in a statement that the Joint Terrorism Taskforce is assessing if there's been a breach in national security."
DHS and FBI officials wouldnt provide any details on their investigation, according to the published report.
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading