Texas comptroller apologizes for security breach
POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 3:27pm
SAN ANTONIO — State Comptroller Susan Combs says human error and not malicious intent lies behind her office's exposing of the personal information of 3.5 million Texans.
But she also noted in an interview with The Associated Press that authorities are still investigating.
Combs apologized Thursday for the security breach, and said there is no indication that any of the information has been misused.
Addresses, Social Security numbers and some birth dates and driver's license numbers have been placed on a publicly accessible comptroller's office computer server for nearly a year — and in some cases even longer.
Combs office first announced the problem April 11. The Republican comptroller says she'll use her own campaign funds to provide identity restoration services to anyone whose information could be abused.