MD: State employee posts nearly 3,000 SSNs online

Liz F. Kay reports:

A Maryland Department of Human Resources employee was placed on administrative leave after posting the Social Security numbers and other personal information of nearly 3,000 clients of a state agency on a third-party website, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

There’s no evidence that the information was used for identity theft, said DHR spokeswoman Nancy Lineman, but DHR, which provides benefits such as food stamps and other aid, will offer affected clients a year of credit monitoring. They will receive a letter that was mailed Monday with further details about the data breach.


The breach was discovered by staff of the Liberty Coalition, a nonprofit that promotes individual freedoms, including privacy.

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