Community urged to protect identities

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By Roger Snodgrass

A Los Alamos resident was notified by Los Alamos National Laboratory last month that his personal information may have been compromised by a malicious attacker. He said this morning that the incident called for “extreme vigilance.”Wally McCorkle, who got one of the letters advising him that his social security number may have been hacked during a particularly serious event that penetrated a firewall in the laboratory’s security system, has been sharing research and advice with other members of the community.In a formal statement at the time, the laboratory said that it was unable to elaborate on the details of the attack or the nature of the data taken, because the matter was under forensic investigation.“Don’t be passive,” McCorkle said. “Be active on the steps you’re going to take to mitigate the potential identity threat.

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