Texas Data Breach Exposes 3.5 Million Addresses, SSNs

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Even data breaches. As many as 3.5 million residents of the state found their personal data has been set free in a gaffe by the state government.

The state comptroller says the data, from the state teacher retirement system, workforce commission and employee retirement system, wound up on a public server after each agency violated state policy by transferring unencrypted data between January and May 2010. The info was yanked off the server after it was discovered at the end of last month.

The state says it has no evidence that the info, which includes addresses and social security numbers, has been misused.

Security Alert and Safeguards [Texas Safeguard via Newsvine, Ars Technica]