Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Is Nothing Sacred? Data Breach at Texas Lottery

[1] http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/6089177.html

Apparently you're not even safe playing the Lottery lately.

In this article from October 31st (a little dated, I know, but just getting around to reading this) it's apparent that lax data security policies and poor judgment was the cause of this breach. What's astonishing is the complete and utter disregard this employee had for the super-sensitive data (including social security numbers) he "copied and burned to DVD"... what's even more disturbing is his motive:
"I indiscriminately copied all the files from the My DOC folder to a CD/DVD which I carried (to subsequent jobs)"... The employee added he wanted the information "for possible future reference as a programmer at other state agencies."
What possible future reference could he have had from this live data about real people? It continues to amaze me how people just haven't paid attention to the news media and other information outlets discussing how dangerous information like social security numbers is. Did this guy crawl out from under a rock?

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