Hackers break in to state computer server

Monday, 16 February 2004, 4:51 PM EST

Hackers broke into a state agency's server containing the sensitive personal information of people who work as nannies, butlers, and gardeners, and those who employ them.

The Employment Development Department discovered evidence of a break-in Jan. 20 during a routine check and immediately shut down the server that holds information on household workers and their employers, spokesman Kevin Callori said Friday.

The server houses information on about 90,000 people.

It's not clear if any personal information was lifted. But the hackers did gain access to employee's names, Social Security numbers and wage records, and some employers' Social Security numbers, Callori said.

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