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State Investigates Computer Security Breach

December 4th, 2008 by flanews

250,000 unemployed Floridians, who turned to the state for help finding a job, now have to worry about their credit. The State Agency for Workforce Innovation is blaming a computer security breach for exposing the job-seekers names and social security numbers online. As Whitney Ray tells us, the state is investigating the computer security breach.

Hear it Here: State Investigates Computer Security Breach

Johann Warren, a chef by trade, is struggling to pay his bills.

Ive got a light bill coming up and Im out of work, said Johann.

For months Johann has been visiting this job center, entrusting his personal information to the state. Now Johann is second guessing his decision to give the state his information.

And thats because the names and social security numbers of 250,000 Floridians were published online.

Weak security on a backup test server allowed Google to gather the data of people who used a state job center during the past six years. The Agency for Workforce Innovation is investigating the security breach.

This information has only been made available to one individual outside our public domain, so I think were in good shape, said AWI Director Monesia Brown.

Still the state set up a search engine for people who are worried about their IDs. We helped Johann with his search.

I dont want anyone getting my social security number without me knowing, because things are already hard enough for me already, said Johann.

The state promises to respond to the searches within 24 hours and let people know if their information was posted online. To see if your information was published online visit www.floridajobs.org/security/security.htm

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