Texas Has Spent $1.8M On Personal Data Breach

 AUSTIN (AP) – The state comptroller’s office says it has spent $1.8 million dealing with fallout from the public exposure of personal information, including Social Security numbers, of millions of Texans.

R.J. DeSilva, spokesman for Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, says the office spent $1.2 million mailing letters to the 3.5 million people affected by the security breach.

DeSilva tells the Austin American-Statesman another $393,000 was spent to set up a call center offering assistance. The state hired computer consultants to examine information security at a cost of $290,000.

State and federal authorities are investigating after personal information, including some driver license numbers and birthdates, was left on a comptroller server that was accessible to the public.

The problem was discovered March 31 after some data had been posted for more than a year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Hemroidious

    I got my letter today from the Texas Comptroller. I am really angry at how such a thing could happen. Heads should roll on this one. Especially Mr. Victor Gonzalez.
    Azz holes.

  • Rick Y

    We got ours after we called the hot line. What are the odds that the investigations will just kind of “fade away”?? Also, It seems like WE have to bear the burden of monitoring our credit now WITHOUT any assistance from the folks who illegally put it out there!!

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