Hearing set on California hacking incident

Thursday, 30 May 2002, 9:18 AM EST

State senators said Tuesday they would investigate why it took weeks for 260,000 government employees to be notified that a hacker accessed a computer system containing their personal financial information.

"There's a lot of people screaming," said Dennis Alexander of the Professional Engineers in California Government.

Democratic Sen. Steve Peace said his committee on privacy planned a hearing next month into how a hacker or hackers could break into the state database April 5, why it wasn't discovered until May 7, and why employees weren't notified until Friday.

Authorities don't know what, if any, information was taken or used. The database included employees' last names, first and middle initials, Social Security numbers and payroll deduction information.

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

The synergy of hackers and tools at the Black Hat Arsenal

Posted on 27 August 2014.  |  Tucked away from the glamour of the vendor booths and the large presentation rooms filled with rockstar sessions, was the Arsenal - a place where developers were able to present their security tools and grow their community.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Mon, Sep 1st
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //