Prisoner Gets Access to Sensitive Data
November 8, 2004, 08:28
DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado prisoner obtained sensitive information
on a county sheriff and nearly 1,000 other local-government employees
after he got a password into the county's computer system, authorities
said on Friday.
Weld County, Colorado, Sheriff John Cooke said, "I was shocked" that
an inmate in the county's prison could get the information. The major
processing firm which ran the system, Affiliated Computer Services Inc.
said it was investigating.
"We have instructed all the employees to get their credit reports and
have a fraud alert put on them," Cooke said. The information included
Social Security numbers, and included several county commissioners and
The incident "was not a hacking situation," Affiliated spokeswoman
Lesley Pool said.
"We have discovered that an inmate was given a valid user ID that got
him onto the system," she said. The company knows which ID was used,
but Pool declined to disclose any other details while the investigation
The county had received a tip the system may have been compromised but
officials said they were told no prisoners at the county's prison could
get into the site.
However, during a cell search a stack of print-outs containing
information about the employees, including Social Security numbers, was
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