A real clusterfark.
By Patricia Kilday Hart - Houston Chronicle
AUSTIN — The Texas attorney general and the FBI are reviewing a breach in Internet security at the state comptroller's office that exposed the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of 3.5 million Texans for more than a year.
State Comptroller Susan Combs announced Monday that a routine screening of computer files discovered that the information was left on an agency server accessible to the public because of mistakes made at her agency and three others.
“I deeply regret the exposure of the personal information that occurred and am angry that it happened,” Combs said. “I want to reassure people that the information was sealed off from any public access immediately after the mistake was discovered and was then moved to a secure location. We take information security very seriously, and this type of exposure will not happen again.”