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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    Nate Kohari, 12 Jul 2007 @ 4:08am

    Still...

    What isn't commonly being reported when this is brought up is the fact that the hard drive was *encrypted*. It would take a serious effort to decrypt the contents -- as in, a supercomputer and a few years, if they used a decent algorithm. Any breach like this is bad, but it's important to get the facts straight. I live in Ohio, and the media was trumping this up so much that there were people that thought that *every person in the state* was in danger of having their identity stolen! Ridiculous.

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