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Former Texas Lottery Commission analyst says he accidentally copied data of 27,000 winners




Former Texas Lottery Commission analyst says he accidentally copied data of 27,000 winners
Former Texas Lottery Commission analyst says he accidentally copied data of 27,000 winners



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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-txlottery_23tex.ART.State.Edition1.271af95.html 

By KAREN BROOKS
The Dallas Morning News
September 23, 2008

AUSTIN - A former Texas Lottery Commission computer analyst told 
investigators that he copied the personal data of more than 27,000 Texas 
lottery winners by accident, simply by downloading his own work files 
off his computer and taking them to his next job, according to arrest 
warrants.

But the commission isn't yet working to change its 
information-technology security systems so that doesn't happen again, 
even inadvertently, officials say. Instead, the agency is waiting until 
after a felony criminal investigation into the case, in which a 
39-year-old Austin man could be charged with possession of unauthorized 
information.

"In a very general sense, we always look at our process," said 
commission spokesman Bobby Heith. "As in any business, we look at 
processes where we may or may not need to improve. Whether this is one 
of them or not, I'm not aware that there's any current process going on 
to look at IT security. The investigation will answer those types of 
questions."

The names and Social Security numbers of 27,075 mid-level lottery 
winners =E2=80=93 people who have won prizes from $600 up to around $1 million =E2=80=93 
were on the employee's hard drive. Also included were the names, Social 
Security numbers and, in a handful of cases, bank routing and account 
numbers of 639 current and former commission employees and 534 lottery 
retailers.

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