The U.S. Postal Service’s top whistleblower has received a $15,000 settlement from the Federal Trade Commission for his role in an alleged scheme that targeted a woman and a small business in Maryland.
The FTC complaint alleges that John Deere Co. had a policy that instructed its mail handlers to post the email addresses of consumers with certain types of email addresses on its sites.
Those addresses were then used to purchase other types of mail that the company did not want to sell, according to the FTC.
The FTC claims the mail handlers were using their posts to trick unsuspecting consumers into opening fraudulent packages.
Deere denied the allegations in a statement.
“The FTC has made it abundantly clear that John’s misconduct is unacceptable,” the company said in the statement.
The company said that it has worked closely with the FTC and the Justice Department to fully resolve the matter.
The settlement came as the USPS faces scrutiny over the way it handles security breaches.
It has faced a spate of breaches, from an insider trading scheme in 2013 to a breach that compromised credit card numbers of customers.
The USPS has denied any wrongdoing, but has faced criticism over the handling of a 2014 mail-in-a-box breach that led to the death of a postal worker.
A new FBI investigation into the USPS revealed that the postal service may have paid out more than $7 billion to the government for a program that offered incentives to postal workers to defraud customers.
Federal lawmakers on Wednesday sent letters to the Postal Service asking it to provide more information about its compliance with the rules governing cybersecurity and the enforcement of privacy laws.
The letter also asked the USPS to explain how it has prevented cyberattacks and how it is responding to new cyberattacks.
In a separate case, the U.N. said on Wednesday it was investigating whether the U,N.
mission in Somalia was misused to gain access to private emails.
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has been investigating reports that U.K. officials obtained the emails of a Somali government official through a hacking campaign and then used them to influence the country’s decision on a Somali presidential election.
U.S., U.A.E. countries are also probing a possible cyberattack on the country that was blamed on the Somali government.
The White House on Wednesday said the U the government’s response to the Somali cyberattack has been swift and effective.
It also said it is working to identify and remove any other government agencies from the list of targets of the UASI.