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TX Breach Brings Firings, Criminal Investigation

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 12, 2011

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced on Monday that human error resulted in confidential data on 3.5 million Texans--including teachers, state workers, retirees and those receiving unemployment--ending up accessible online for about a year. Data from four state offices are involved in the breach, which includes Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. The comptroller's spokesman, R.J. DeSilva, said that the employees responsible were fired, and while the information doesn't appear to have been misused, the FBI and Texas attorney general have opened a criminal investigation, reports the American-Statesman. The breach was discovered and fixed on March 31, and the office has apologized for it. "The procedures were there. They were not followed," DeSilva said.
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