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Employee Fired for Exposing County Records

DATA LOSS—U.S.

December 7, 2010

A long-term Mesa County, CO, IT employee was fired after a data breach exposed secure law enforcement files and personal information, including some belonging to people who reported crimes, reports KJCT. Last April, while preparing for new software at the sheriff's office, the employee moved hundreds of thousands of files to an unsecure FTP site. Police believe the breach was a mistake, but the data was online and unsecure for almost a month, and "IP addresses locally, nationally and internationally have hit this Web site," said Sheriff Stan Hilkey, whose office is working with the FBI's Cyber Security division on the case and recommends that people who may be affected sign up for fraud alerts with all three credit bureaus.
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