Housing Wire reported on November 21, 2016 that nearly 500,00 individuals are at risk of identity theft after the Department of Housing and Urban Development inadvertently made their personal information — including social security numbers and dates of birth — publicly available on its website.
According to HUD, the data breach is the result of two separate incidents, one of which exposed the personal information of more than 425,000 public housing residents. As a result of the breaches, HUD sent letters to the affected individuals and offering them one year of credit monitoring services from TransUnion.
The HUD master key codes have been compromised. The master key codes and keys are available on E-Bay, Amazon and many lock supply companies. HUD is well aware of the problem. HUD refuses to transition to a secure system using electronic locks or electronic lockboxes. I am hoping that Secretary Carson will soon give the order to fix this huge security problems.