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Breach Costs at $1.8 Million; Lawsuit Looms

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 27, 2011

A recent data breach at the Texas Comptroller's Office has resulted in the firing of four employees and more than $1.8 million spent on notifications, a call center and consultants to assess damages and improve security--and lawsuits may be on the horizon, reports eWEEK. Comptroller Susan Combs said in a statement that the office will follow its consultants' advice, adding that Texans need to "feel confident that an incident like this will never happen again." Those affected are eligible for discounted fraud-related assistance and identity theft insurance. While no lawsuits have been filed to date, the Texas Civil Rights Project has filed for a "pre-suit investigation" requesting a deposition from Combs.
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