United States Marshals Service Data Breach

NOTICE: If you recently received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH from the United States Marshals Service, or you were in federal custody during the past ten years and fear that your personal information has been compromised by this data breach, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777.

data breach overlaid on image of serverOn December 30, 2019, the Department of Justice, Security Operations Center (JSOC) notified the United States Marshals Service (USMS) of a security breach affecting a USMS server that houses the personal information of current and former USMS prisoners.

On May 1, 2020, the USMS sent letters about the data breach to affected individuals. There was no explanation for the unreasonable delay in notification. Compromised personal information may include:

  • Dates of birth
  • Addresses
  • Social Security numbers

No further details about the security incident have been disclosed to the public.

The USMS houses and transports all federal prisoners from the time they enter federal custody until they are either acquitted or convicted and delivered to their designated federal Bureau of Prisons facility.

The USMS assumes custody for all prisoners charged with a federal offense, no matter which agency made the arrest. The agency is responsible for complex, sensitive matters, such as:

  • Taking DNA samples of individuals arrested by the Marshals for an FBI database
  • Managing prisoners with terminal illnesses and contagious diseases
  • Deciding whether to grant the transfer of prisoners to state or local authorities when ordered through state writs

The USMS recommends that victims complete a Federal Trade Commission ID Threat Affidavit at https://www.identitytheft.gov/ and suggests placing a credit freeze or a fraud alert on their credit files.

If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH regarding this USMS incident, or you have been in federal custody during the last ten years and suspect your personal information is at risk, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to confidentially discuss your situation. You may be able to pursue legal options while remaining anonymous.