(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – On Tuesday, Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs revealed that personal information belonging to nearly three and half million Texans had accidently been exposed by her office. The matter, discovered on March 31st, occurred after the agency failed to follow proper protocol and the personal information leaked onto a state-controlled public server. The personal data has been available on the server for nearly a year, but no indication has been given yet as to whether it was misused by possible hackers or identity thieves.
Such information included residents’ social security numbers and addresses. All personal information was taken from the Texas Workforce Commission, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, and the Employees Retirement System of Texas. In a statement, Combs reassured residents that the information had been removed from the server immediately upon the problem’s discovery.
The State Comptroller’s office is currently working with the state’s Attorney General to investigate the matter. The revelation comes on the heels of last week’s Epsilon security breach that revealed millions of customer email addresses to potential hackers.