State gov't site hacked, credit card numbers stolen

Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 4:30 PM EST

Someone broke into the official Rhode Island state government Web site, www.ri.gov late last month and stole 4,117 credit card numbers, according to New England Interactive (NEI), the company that manages the site. NEI is a subsidiary of Olathe, Kan.-based e-government provider NIC Inc.

"We discovered the breach on Dec. 28," said NIC spokesman Chris Neff. "It was due to an error in a line of software code that our local office in Rhode Island that manages the state's portal [NEI] had written. So we immediately closed that breach, fixed that error and initiated a deeper investigation, including a follow-up security scan of the entire site."

By Linda Rosencrance at Network World

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