Of course, there were the usual reminders: don’t use unsecured WiFi, don’t click without thinking, watch out for keyloggers when using public computers, and use strong (and unique) pass phrases for all accounts.
The Associated Press is reporting that 160,000 social security numbers were exposed when the Washington State Administrative Office of Courts was hacked in late 2012 or early 2013.
“The breach happened due to vulnerability in an Adobe Systems Inc. software program, ColdFusion, that has since been patched, court officials said. The hack happened sometime after September but wasn’t caught until February…
Mike Keeling, the courts’ information technology operations and maintenance manager, said officials were alerted to the breach by a business on the East Coast that had a similar intrusion.”
Following the breach, new security measures were implemented, including encryption.
Court officials have confirmed that 94 social security numbers were obtained – those affected will be contacted directly. Names and driver’s license numbers may also have been accessed. People who were booked in a city or county jail during specified periods or those who had a DUII, traffic, or a superior court criminal case in Washington may also be affected.
If you believe your information may have been exposed, call 1-800-448-5584 or visit this site.