The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) reported Wednesday that hackers stole names, social security numbers, birth dates and other confidential information of roughly 769,000 retirees and beneficiaries.
The hackers were able to steal this information by taking advantage of a vulnerability in a contracted vendor’s cybersecurity system, according to a report by the Sacramento Bee.
“This external breach of information is inexcusable,” CalPERS CEO Marcie Frost said. “Our members deserve better. As soon as we learned about what happened, we took fast action to protect our members’ financial interests, as well as steps to ensure long-term protections.”
The hackers may have also obtained information on CalPERS members’ former or current employers, spouses or domestic partners, and children, the report added.
“A small town in Massachusetts…