Teachers, State Workers At Risk After Three and a Half Million Social Security Numbers Leaked for Fifteen Months

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This is depressing but true: “Even if you do everything you can to protect your identity from cyber-thieves, you’re powerless if a government agency displays your information online.” That’s the warning from this article on a Texas-based news site that explains how three and a half million people had their personal information — including Social Security numbers, names, address, birthdates, and driver’s license numbers — leaked on the state comptroller’s web server. This sensitive data was leaked January 2010 and finally discovered (fifteen months later!) in March 2011. The information from the state’s teacher retirement system, workforce commission, and employee retirement system was at risk when those groups transferred data to the comptroller.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.