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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."

sector

Government (U.S.)

reported

July 3, 2013

reported by

KVUE.com

number affected

3.5 million

location of breach

Texas, United States

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

2011

date breach detected

Unknown