NH: State prison officials investigating after prisoners gain access to another server on the network

Maddie Hanna reports:

Inmates at the state prison in Concord gained unauthorized access to a Department of Corrections computer network, but prison officials have not determined whether they viewed, stole or changed any records.

The security breach, the first of its kind at the prison, involved computers used by about 20 inmates in the prison’s correctional industries program, prison spokesman Jeff Lyons said yesterday. He said the breach was discovered Aug. 24 by a staff member who found that a cable line hooked to the computers used by inmates in the program had been connected to a line feeding the rest of the prison’s computers.

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In a statement reported by Paul Feely of the Union Leader yesterday, Lyons provided some additional details:

“Corrections staff discovered a security breach of a cable, which connects an internal computer network to work stations, located in the Correctional Industries area of the prison,” said Lyons. “The area was secured and the shops were closed. This network is mainly used to track invoices and billing for Correctional Industries contracts. The server on which this data is maintained is a stand alone server from the DOC network, which also supports the offender management database system otherwise known as the Corrections Offender Records and Information System (CORIS). However, the breach resulted in the two networks being connected. The criminal investigation will determine the cause of the security breach and whether any data was compromised.”

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