16 June 2006 | 4,178 views

Trojan Compromises 2,200 Oregon Tax Payers

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Aha! Trojans strike again. Really, I still think it all comes down to education, it doesn’t seem to be a targeted attack though.

Just a random infection from your average porn site Trojan.

Electronic files containing personal data of up to 2,200 Oregon taxpayers may have been compromised by an ex-employee’s unauthorized use of a computer, the Oregon Department of Revenue said Tuesday.

Amy McLaughlin, an information technology security officer with the state, said the incident apparently occurred when an employee downloaded a contaminated file from a porn site.

There was no apparent pattern on the data taken.

Hardin said the released data likely involved names or addresses or Social Security numbers, or possibly in some cases all three.

It’s unclear if it was damaging but said some of the data may have gotten back to the porn site.

Ed O’Meara, head of the department’s information processing division, said about 1,600 files had been identified so far and that the total likely will not surpass 2,200.

He said 1,300 letters were sent out to the affected taxpayers as of Monday night and the rest are being contacted as they are identified.

Source: Katu News


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