About 2,900 SSN numbers exposed in Md.
A Maryland employee posted about 2,900 social security numbers and other personal information online where it was available to anyone with an internet connection for more than two months, officials said Monday.
The numbers as well as names, home addresses and phone numbers of clients of Maryland’s human resources department were posted by the worker on his company’s Web site between April 27 and July 14, the agency said in a statement. The data had been removed from the site and cleared from Google’s cache by this week, officials said.
The employee was suspended and the matter referred to the attorney general’s office for investigation, officials said.
It wasn't clear whether the breach was malicious in nature, said Aaron Titus, a spokesman for the group that discovered the incident, the Liberty Coalition. He added that the vast majority of such data breaches fall into the category of ignorance or poor judgment.
Still, Titus said, the outcome can be "personally devastating" for those who are exposed.
Human resources clients can use a search engine at a Coalition Web site to see if they were affected, the group said. The human resources department said it would offer a year of free credit monitoring to anyone whose information was compromised.
Those interested in credit monitoring should call 800-332-6347 by October 29.
-- Mike McPhate
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