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"Hacker" gains access to Kansas Health Policy Authority data

Date: September 02, 2008

A consultant hired by the state to try and break into the computers at the Kansas Health Policy Authority had no luck using a password cracker.

However, he did much better by setting up an e-mail account, impersonating a state computer technician and sending messages to 30 employees asking for their passwords.

Fourteen gave them to him, no questions asked.

State officials say while the Health Policy Authority does a good job training new employees on computer security, they need to do ongoing training to keep people vigilant in the future.
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