Wash. Courts Data Breach Exposes States' Vulnerability

Law360, New York (May 10, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT) -- The Washington state court system on Thursday revealed a data breach that compromised the Social Security and driver's license numbers of more than 1 million individuals, an incident that attorneys say highlights the vulnerability of state databases that are often not afforded the necessary resources to protect the valuable personal data they hold.

In a public statement, the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts acknowledged that intruders had infiltrated its public website in the fall of 2012. While the the office originally believed after discovering...
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