'Long-term' Employee Responsible for Mesa County Data Breach

'Long-term' Employee Responsible for Mesa County Data Breach
'Long-term' Employee Responsible for Mesa County Data Breach

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By Don Coleman
December 3, 2010

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Mesa County is trying to figure out the extent 
of a security breach that put secure law enforcement files and some 
peoples' personal information out on the internet for anybody to view.

Officials say the error occurred while preparing for a future transition 
to a new software system for the Mesa County Sheriff=E2=80=99s Office. The 
person responsible has been let go, but the problem is just beginning 
for investigators.

"It's the county's fault that it was there," Sheriff Stan Hilkey said.

On purpose or not, Mesa County is dealing with a pretty big problem. "We 
are taking this very seriously," acting County Administrator Stefani 
Conley said. "This was a situation, that again, should not have 

Hundreds of thousands of pieces of personal information have been leaked 
onto an un-secure file-transfer website, or FTP.


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