The United States Postal Service (USPS) has suspended telecommuting for employees while it investigates the network intrusion which exposed data on 800,000 postal workers and an additional 2.9 million customers.
The virtual private network (VPN) service for postal employees was taken down this weekend and will not be brought back up until a version with more robust security features can be installed, USPS spokesman David Partenheimer said in an emailed comment to Dark Reading.
A separate FAQ for employees said the VPN was taken down because it was identified as being vulnerable to compromise. The VPN will remain unavailable while modifications are made to bolster its security. “When VPN is available again users will notice changes in functionality,” the FAQ said without offering any specifics. “We will have additional information about VPN in the near future,” it said.