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Crims snatch 5.5 million social security numbers from Kansas govt box

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"Toto, our data is not in Kansas anymore!"

563,000 adults (who would of course be the people with resumes posted with the state employment department) makes up probably 25% of the adult population in the state. Roughly 1.2 million adults from Alabama makes up about 30% of the adult population there.

But don't worry if you live in one of those states, because you get a whole 1 year of free credit monitoring to make up for your social security number being out in the wild for the rest of your life.

There should be an option to sue the ass off of the state of Kansas over this, but there isn't.

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Re: "Toto, our data is not in Kansas anymore!"

It would be too cynical to suggest that these "credit watch" companies (for profit vultures) may have an interest in exposures?

I don't know how it works in the rest of the world but in the fine ole UsOfA the first suspected perpetrators of arson are the firefighters. Wonder why?

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Discounted?

Gee, will the state get a cheaper rate for the credit monitoring since those people are out of work or low-paid, thus not having much in the way of credit activity?

After all, Kansas doesn't have much money to throw around. Seems that the expected trickle-down from Brownback's TP economics never happened, and the tax cuts emptied the coffers.

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Re: Discounted?

Hey, we've only tried trickle-down economics for a century or so now. We could start seeing the vaunted benefits of it aaaaaaaaaaaaaany minute.

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Kansas, the creationist state

Maybe they should have prayed harder.

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Holy pasta balls! if it weren't for the cuckoo KS creationists, our church would never have been born. Bow to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. FSM eternal, Ramen.

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The state should claim force majeure. Clearly all the IT trouble was an act of god.

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All those people looking for jobs and sending in their CVs

And they couldn't find a few people in that bunch to run a database and handle security?

Also: They can't warn people because of not having contact info? Who sends in a resumé that doesn't have contact info on it? Or did their $175,000 emergency lawyers advise them "not to try so hard" to admit fault?

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Hacker compromised database

How did the hackers break in, what was the name of the computing platform the commerce database resided on?

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How did the hackers break in, what was the name of the computing platform the commerce database resided on?

It's Kansas so a shovel covered in poo and Dbase III.

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"Kansas has no data breach notification laws"

What century do they live in? From some of their education I would guess the 14th (obviously before the Renaissance)

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time the bureaucrats realized computers can't be secured and so stop using them for storing people's info.

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And who is REQUIRED to make an account and post up their resume/job history there?

It's a condition of getting Kansas unemployment benefits that you make an account and put all of your info up there. So yes, 25% of Kansans have been unemployed in that period. (n.b. The real figure is slightly smaller, as it's all persons who live or have worked in Kansas and want to collect unemployment benefits from the state.)

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