Outdated software left municipal worker information exposed in 200 towns

Anne Wallace Allen reports:

An outdated software that is used by about 200 Vermont municipalities and the Vermont Tax Department has long contained flaws that exposed sensitive information including Social Security numbers, according to an IT consultant and the software company’s founder.

New England Municipal Resource Center, or NEMRC, is software that cities and towns use for managing functions such as utility bills, tax bills, land records, and dog licenses. NEMRC was started by Ernie Saunders at his home in Fairfax in 1984, and Saunders still runs the company from his home, now with 23 employees around the state.

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