Texans’ data plagued by state’s leaky systems but shorthanded staff can’t patch
Accidentally leaked credentials; Credential-stealing malware; Network intrusion
Residents are suing the Texas Comptroller’s Office for more information involving a newly-disclosed, two-year-old breach that exposed Social Security numbers and birthdates of 3.5 million Texans.
"The only reason why we know about the comptroller’s office was that there was an internal leak basically to the press," said Jim Harrington, an attorney and director for the Texas Civil Rights Project.
KVUE.com reports that the state does not have enough staff to combat the problem.
According to a state cybersecurity assessment written a few months ago, "agencies have insufficient levels of staffing focused on security and risk management."
July 3, 2013
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