Ohio State Data Leak Now About 16 Times Worse Than Initially Disclosed

from the fun-with-numbers dept

Back in June, the state of Ohio said it had lost the personal information of some 64,000 state employees, after a storage device was stolen from an intern's car -- which, apparently according to its security protocols, was a suitable off-site storage location. The state dutifully followed the usual plan of releasing another announcement raising the number of people whose information was lost, putting it at 500,000. Turns out that was a little conservative; the state now says the figure is closer to one million, nearly 16 times the original claim. The governor and his staffers claim that nobody appears to have used the stolen information yet, and that it would take somebody with "special knowledge and understanding" to access it. Of course, coming from a place where storing stuff in an intern's car is regarded as secure and safe, that claim doesn't carry a lot of weight -- nor does it make up for the egregious breach that occured.

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    Overcast, 12 Jul 2007 @ 7:01am

    Encrypted like... DVD's?


    Sure... umm, no one can get to the data... Unless of course, they really want to!

    In otherwords - if it's just a common thief, who got the data by mistake; no worries. However; if it was something more, like a person who is much more technically adept who's intent was to steal confidential information, you better watch out!

    In the end, what's being said is that it doesn't matter if it's protected or encrypted. If it's a common thief who's stealing junk from cars, he wouldn't have a clue what the data was from the start. If it was someone intent on stealing that information - then they likely have the 'special knowledge and understanding'.

    Really doesn't matter what safeguards are in place given the common sense of the matter. It's been proven over and over and over again, if someone is determined to get to that data - they will.

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