By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
14th December 2010
A Colorado sheriff's department mistakenly exposed a sensitive database
that contained names, addresses and other details on about 200,000
people, including confidential drug informants.
Thousands of pages of confidential information collected by the Mesa
County Sheriff's Department were vulnerable from April until November
24, when someone tipped authorities, according to the Associated Press.
A system administrator moved the database to what was believed to be a
secure server, a county spokeswoman told the news service. It was first
accessed by an outside computer on October 30. Other computers continued
to access it over the next 25 days.
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