By Bill Cotterell
Florida Capital Bureau Political Editor
December 4, 2008
TALLAHASSEE -- The state is investigating a computer-security breach in
Florida's job-service system involving about 250,000 people who sought
help with training, placement or other employment opportunities over a
period of more than five years.
There is no evidence that anyone's personal information -- including
Social Security numbers -- were leaked, or that any identity theft has
occurred. But the Agency for Workforce Innovation announced Wednesday
night that a security breach occurred in a test server for 19 days in
October, exposing the names and Social Security numbers of people who
were served at One-Stop Career Centers between January of 2002 and
November of last year.
"We are thoroughly investigating this matter and are making every effort
to enhance the security of our computer systems," said AWI Director
AWI contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Attorney
General's Office and other law-enforcement agencies when the breach was
discovered. Major external search-engine companies were also notified,
to make sure no private personnel information remained available to the
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