WA: Audit shows security breach from state’s surplus computer sales
Joel Moreno reports:
The state auditor is warning of a massive security breach caused by the government’s surplus computers. An investigation uncovered hard drives loaded with confidential information that could be plundered by identity thieves — and the problem has been going on for years.
Every year, Washington state sells off 10,000 used computers as government surplus. A disturbing new audit shows 9 percent likely still contained taxpayers’ personal information.
“Social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, medical records, financial information, IRS tax forms,” said state Auditor Troy Kelley, listing the types of personal data discovered.
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