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Security breach under scrutiny at the Clark County auditor's office




Security breach under scrutiny at the Clark County auditor's office
Security breach under scrutiny at the Clark County auditor's office



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http://www.newsandtribune.com/clarkcounty/local_story_094202804.html 

By MATT KOESTERS
News and Tribune
April 04, 2009

Concerns over applications installed on a computer in the Clark County 
auditor=E2=80=99s office have prompted an internal investigation, but law 
enforcement officials have not been asked to get involved.

Yet.

In a Thursday e-mail obtained by The Evening News, Clark County 
government systems administrator Matt Dyer told the county commissioners 
he received a phone call Monday indicating that there were concerns 
about applications on one of the computers in the auditor=E2=80=99s office.

Dyer said he believed the two programs =E2=80=94 =E2=80=9CCain & Abel=E2=80=9D and =E2=80=9CLCP=E2=80=9D =E2=80=94 could 
be used to breach security and discover user passwords on the county 
network.

=E2=80=9CDue to the nature of these programs, this kind of activity cannot be 
tolerated and is illegal,=E2=80=9D Dyer wrote. =E2=80=9CIf the administrator password is 
compromised, then that person would have full access to all county 
office computers and servers.

=E2=80=9CDue to the severity of this situation, and our liability if information 
protected by HIPAA laws and state laws becomes compromised, I have 
spoken with [Auditor] Keith Groth and have informed him on all the 
details, including the persons that may be involved.=E2=80=9D

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