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The Wall Street Journal reports that a possible hacking of the US Postal Service (USPS) may have put at risk the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 800,000 people who work for the Postal Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

Some customers also may have been affected, but the extent to which consumer data was breached is unknown at this time.

The USPS says that there is no evidence that payment systems, which would have put credit card and debit card numbers at risk, have been breached. There also is no indication at this time that there has been any misuse of the data that was stolen.
KC's View:
I guess as the USPS attempts to be more competitive, instituting Sunday service, getting into the food delivery business, etc… - we can expect that it also will be targeted by the same sorts of criminals that go after companies like Home Depot and Target. Hopefully, the USPS will work hard to be up to the task.