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Hackers penetrate into Treasurer's Office

Date: July 03, 2006

Personal and financial information of more than 300,000 people may be in the hands of a hacker following a Wednesday break-in of the state computer system that processes child-support payments.

A preliminary investigation of the incident suggests that the hacker did not download the information, said State Treasurer Ron Ross. But the possibility does exist.

“Based upon the method of attack, it is more likely the hacker’s intent was not to steal information, but rather to do something malicious since the hacker inserted a virus onto the server, which we immediately removed,” Ross said.

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