WASHINGTON — A senior House official said a “significant data breach” in the Washington, DC, health insurance marketplace on Tuesday potentially exposed personally identifiable information on hundreds of lawmakers and staff.
In a letter obtained by NBC News, chief administrative officer Catherine L. Szpindor said Wednesday that she had been alerted by the US Capitol Police and the FBI to a data breach at DC Health Link.
“Currently, I do not know the size and scope of the breach, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has informed me that the account information and [personally identifiable information] Hundreds of Chamber members and staff were robbed,” Szpindor said. «I expect to have access to the list of affected registrants later today and will notify you directly if your information has been compromised.»
Szpindor added that it did not appear that House lawmakers were «the specific target of the attack» against DC Health Link.
The data breach also affected the Senate offices, according to an email sent to the Senate offices on Wednesday afternoon.
The notice said the «data included full names, enrollment date, relationship (self, spouse, child), and email address, but no other personally identifiable information (PII).»
The FBI, Capitol Police and DC Health Link did not respond to requests for comment.
a reporter from punch news first reported on Szpindor’s letter.
Out of an «abundance of caution,» Szpindor said, lawmakers may choose to freeze family credit at three major credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and Transunion.
According to Szpindor’s letter, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., requested additional information from DC Health Link about what data was taken, who was affected and what measures were taken to protect the victims of the house rape.