Texas Comptroller's Office - 2011

The information from three Texas agencies was discovered to be accessible on a public server. Sometime between January and May of 2010, data that was not encrypted was transferred from the Teacher Retirement Center of Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Employees Retirement System of Texas. It ended up on a state-controlled public server as early as April 2010 and was not discovered until March 31, 2011. Sensitive information such as names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth and driver's license numbers could have been exposed.  A spokesperson from the Texas Comptroller's Office claims that the breach occurred because numerous procedures were not followed.  Some employees were fired for their roles in the incident.UPDATE (4/13/2011): Approximately two million of the 3.5 million possibly affected are unemployed insurance claimants who may have had their names, Social Security numbers and mailing addresses exposed.  The birth dates and driver's license numbers of some of these people were also exposed. The information was accidentally disclosed on a Comptroller's publicly accessible server. TWC provided uninsured claimant records from December 31, 2006 December 31, 2009 to the Comptroller's office in April of 2010 to assist in identifying individuals who may have unclaimed property.  The information was sent in a protected manner using Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), which encrypts the data during transmission over a state controlled network used by state agencies and universities.UPDATE(5/6/2011): Two class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of 3.5 million Texans who had their information exposed by the breach. The second class action lawsuit seeks a $1,000 statutory penalty for each affected individual.UPDATE (2/13/2012): The cost of the credit monitoring services provided to those affected has passed $600,000. Currently, no taxpayers have linked fraudulent charges to the breach.