Whistleblower lawsuit alleges hackers stole $515,000, and Fort Worth employee data was compromised in security breach

Deanna Boyd reports:

Hackers stole more than $515,000 from the city of Fort Worth and employees with criminal convictions were allowed access to a confidential FBI criminal database, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a former IT manager against the city.

William Birchett alleges that he was fired in February in retaliation for reporting to officials that the city’s cybersecurity had been severely compromised, including that the city had lied about its compliance with FBI crime database regulations, and had left city employees’ medical and personal information accessible to anyone with internet access.

Read more on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to learn more about the complaint’s specific allegations. Defendants in these types of lawsuits usually don’t respond or comment, but the state did give some comments in response to the lawsuit, including that they want the public to know that the city takes data security very seriously.

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